What Is an Average Permanent Makeup Artist’s Salary in 2019?

What Is an Average Permanent Makeup Artist's Salary in 2019? by pmuhub.com

A career in permanent makeup has been alluring to many for quite some time. The reason for this is simple. PMU industry not only offers a dynamic and positive work environment, but it can also be very lucrative. Apart from that, anyone with enough persistence, hard work and will can build a career in this business. First and the most important requirement is to finish a good, licensed course and earn a certificate. Obtaining a certificate plus necessary licenses qualifies you to start your dream job.

What is permanent makeup?

So, how does permanent makeup actually work? A form of cosmetic tattooing, permanent makeup involves set of procedures which place pigment into the upper layer of your skin, called dermis. These procedures can be performed with various devices, ranging from traditional tattoo machine, rotary or pen machine or it can be done manually with a hand device.

What are the effects of permanent makeup?

The beauty of permanent makeup business lies not only in helping people enhance their personal appearance but also in helping clients with scars from medical procedures and injuries. Also, there are many people with allergies and skin sensitivities who can’t wear makeup, or people with arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other similar conditions which prevent them from applying makeup with precision. The artists usually work on client’s eyebrows, lips or the eye area. Their techniques also involve camouflaging which covers up scars, hyperpigmentation and birth marks.

Here are some of commonly available PMU treatments:
• Eyebrows
• Eyeliner
• Lipliner and Lip Blush
• Scar Camouflage
• Beauty Marks/ Freckle Tattooing
• Scalp Micropigmentation
• Areola Repigmentation

Salary range

It is not easy to discuss the average salary because it greatly depends on the location, popularity of the treatment in the area, as well as the skills and the experience of the artist. If you live in a small town, the number of customers cannot be compared to the number you can get by working in a big city. Also, if you are just starting your business and you lack experience you can’t expect to charge the same as the artists with years of practice.

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That being said, according to ZipRecruiterthe average annual pay for a Permanent Makeup Artist in the United States is $57,375 a year (4,781 per month , $1,103 per week or $28 per hour), with yearly salaries majorly ranging between $29,000 and $60,000 across the country. However, ZipRecruiter is also seeing annual salaries as high as $120,000 and as low as $15,500.

City and State

Average Annual Salary

New York, NY


Los Angeles, CA


Chicago, IL


Phoenix, AZ


Austin, TX


Miami, FL


Seattle, WA


As you can see from the table above, the highest average annual salary for a permanent makeup artist is in NY and LA, where these treatments are also the most popular and on demand. Most other state capitals share the average income of around $55,000.

The similar situation is across the ocean as well. Based on Indeed’s estimations, the average amount of money an aesthetician in London can earn per year is £25,896, which is 12% above the national average. When converted in USD, annual earinings range between $37,000 and $61,500, with the cost of services ranging from $90 to as high as $1000.


Taken that the average annual pay for a permanent Makeup Artist in US is $57,375, the estimated average federal tax in US in 2019 is 22% (considering that filing status of artist is single). After a federal tax rate of 22% has been taken out, Permanent Makeup Artists could expect to have a take-home pay of $44,752.5/year, with each paycheck equaling approximately $3,729*.

* assuming monthly pay period. Taxes estimated using tax rates for a single filer using 2019 federal and state tax tables. Metro-specific taxes are not considered in calculations. This data is intended to be an estimate, not prescriptive financial or tax advice.

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As mentioned above, the location of the salon plays the biggest role in forming the price of the treatments. The cities such as New York and Los Angeles offer the best conditions for a lucrative career in PMU. However, the competition is high here as well, so a great and professional service is of utmost importance if you wish to build a name for yourself in this business. The popularity of permanent makeup is not so high in places such as Seattle where the average income is $53,230.

Job outlook

People are getting more and more familiar with all the possibilities PMU brings and they are opting for the treatments in increasing numbers. With the industry’s constant innovations in the field of eyebrows and other forms of permanent makeup, you can rest assured that your business will only grow from here. Your only obligation is to earn a certificate and work hard on your skills to improve them as much as you can so that you can keep up with the ever-growing treatments.

The key to success and great earnings is in providing the best service you can. 

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