How Much Do Microblading Artists Make?

Microblading artists salary

The microblading trend has been picking up speed in the last few years and it shows no signs of slowing down! The demand for microblading treatments is huge, and while new PMU treatments for eyebrows are coming and going, the natural, subtle results of microblading have become the modern go-to classic.

So if you’re just getting interested in starting a career in microblading income is probably your biggest concern. PMUHub gives you a thorough overview.

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What Is Microblading and Why Is It So Popular?

Microblading is a permanent makeup procedure for eyebrows that gives a long-lasting illusion of thick, lush and neat brow arches without the hassle of regular makeup products. It is done by injecting organic pigments in the shade of the client’s natural brow hairs in thin incisions that imitate the thickness, length and direction of natural brow hairs.

The pigments injected into the upper dermis gradually fade as they are absorbed by the body over a period of up to 3 years. The original look can be refreshed and the results prolonged on touch up appointments.

For more information on the treatment, check out our detailed guide to Microblading!

How Do I Become a Microblading Artist?

The first step towards becoming a microblading artist is getting licensed and certified. The only way to do this is to take a microblading training course at a certified academy. If you’re considering a career change, investing in a quality microblading training could earn you up to 6 figures a year within a couple of years of working!

You can choose between a live training course, which take several days and offer training on live models, or an online course, which takes several months. Either way, no prior knowledge is required.

The cost of a live training course is around $3 000. The online option is cheaper, at up to $2000.

At this point, it’s important to note that certification from established academies allows you to price your treatments higher, so investing in a renowned course wouldn’t be a splurge but a gift that keeps on giving.

Once you’ve obtained your certification, you can start building your business. For a preliminary plan, check out our step-by-step guide to starting your microblading business.

Becoming a microblading artist

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What Is the Price of a Microblading Treatment?

The average price of microblading in the United States is $400, but it can vary from $200 to $1000. It depends on numerous factors, the main one being location.

Price of microbladin treatment

For more information, check out our detailed microblading treatment cost guide.

How Much Do Microblading Artists Make?

The beauty industry as a whole is a very lucrative business branch and one of the best options for starting a business. However, not all beauty experts are created equal. A microblading technician salary is significantly higher than the income of hairdressers, nail techs and aestheticians.



The average salary of microblading artists depends on several factors. The most obvious ones are the number of clients an artist gets and the number of hours they spend working, but location and experience can also determine the price of your treatment.

Number of Clients

Naturally, it will take some time for you to build a clientele. But once your name is established, you will have a steady income.

Attracting new clients through marketing and recommendations and ensuring returning clients is the key to success. A satisfied client can be a great advertisement, but an unsatisfied one can damage your image. So make sure you put the same amount of effort and love into each pair of brows you do.

Working Hours

An average microblading treatment takes about 2 hours, including prep. So realistically, an artist can give up to 4 treatments in a work day. This is an ideal scenario where you attract enough clients and all your appointments are booked.

It’s also worth mentioning touch up appointments, which take up to an hour, but are also priced at $100 – $200.

Working hours in microblading salon

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By location, we mean both the location of your salon in the city and, well, your city. An attractive location in the city adds to exclusivity and means you can set your price higher. In the same way, if you work in a city where the demand for microblading is high like New York or Los Angeles, your prices go up.

According to Zip Recruiter, the average permanent makeup artist salary in 2020 is as follows:

City and StateAverage Annual Salary
New York, NY$68,824
Los Angeles, CA$66,436
Chicago, IL$64,232
Phoenix, AZ$60,381
Austin, TX$60,916
Miami, FL$59,580
Seattle, WA$68,117

For comparison, check out our 2019 report on the average permanent artist’s salary.

Experience, Image and Popularity

We’re not going to lie, the competition is serious in the microblading world. So it will take some time to earn enough to justify investing into a microblading business.

Obviously, clients won’t pay top prices for a treatment from an inexperienced, fresh-out-of-training artist, but at the same time, lower pricing will attract enough clients for you to gain experience and show your skill. In permanent makeup, recommendations are the most effective form of marketing, so each pair of brows you do is a walking ad.

As you gain experience, your work becomes more valuable and you can gradually raise your prices. Along the way, establish and maintain your social media and work on your client relations – two crucial elements of building an image and boosting popularity.

Microblading artist experience and popularity

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Are There Any Extra Costs?

Apart from the initial investment into a training course and the salon, you should always keep in mind the day-to-day costs of running a microblading business, such as supplies, and the costs of rent and taxes. If we roughly estimate that these costs add up to a $100 a day, they will hardly make a dent in your income on a larger scale.

How Much Can You Make Doing Microblading In a Year?

Taking all the mentioned factors into account, here’s a rundown of a potential annual microblading salary.

how much can you earn with microblading business


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