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Makeup Artist Salaries in West Virginia

A career as a makeup artist can be both rewarding and lucrative. The skills needed for the job can be obtained by completing a makeup program at a state-approved beauty school. West Virginia is home to at least seven beauty schools with makeup programs.

Interested individuals can elect to be either theatrical/production or personal appearance makeup artists. Theatrical makeup artists focus on applying makeup to performers to help establish their role and its setting while personal appearance makeup artists apply makeup to enhance an individual’s appearance.

An aggregate of salaries garnered from “help wanted” ads for makeup artists in West Virginia is $34,000. It is important to note that in the salon and spa industry, personal appearance makeup artists can earn an additional 15% – 25% in gratuity.

Analyzing Makeup Artist Salaries in West Virginia

The following table demonstrates the difference between the annual salaries/hourly wages of theatrical/production and personal appearance makeup artist salaries in the US as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013).

Theatrical/Production
Mean Annual Salary
$66330
10th Percentile Salary
$19560
25th Percentile Salary
$25840
50th Percentile (Median)
$47210
75th Percentile
$97350
90th Percentile Salary
$121910
Mean Hourly Wage
$31.89
10th Percentile Wage
$9.40
25th Percentile Wage
$12.42
50th Percentile (Median)
$22.70
75th Percentile
$46.81
90th Percentile Wage
$58.61

Theatrical makeup artists find work at theater productions, movie sets, photography shoots, television shows and concerts. West Virginia has theatrical production companies in Charleston, Morgantown and Harper’s Ferry as well as an active independent film industry and numerous modeling agencies.

Personal appearance makeup artists work at salons, spas, cosmetics stores/counters, bridal boutiques and even mortuaries. West Virginia has plenty of all of these, including one of the nation’s oldest and most famous resort/spa at Sulphur Springs.

Differences in Makeup Artist Salaries in Various West Virginia Cities

The West Virginia Department of Commerce Work Force Department lists annual salaries and hourly wages statewide and in different cities for personal care and service workers (includes personal appearance makeup artists) as follows:

West Virginia Area
Annual Salary
Statewide
$20280
Charleston
$20400
Huntington
$19800
Morgantown
$20400
Parkersburg
$19790
Wheeling
$20040

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