Pay Rates and Working Conditions for Media Makeup Artists

Many countries have a union, guild or trade association that represents their motion picture industry and the people that work in it. Some of these organisations have the authority to regulate pay and stipulate working terms and conditions; others can only advise “best practice” and provide support. Either way, we’ve listed some pay rate guides and agreements, where we could find them, or the local organisation that should be able to provide this to members or people living in that region.

Pay Rates and Agreements for MUAs

Last updated: 07 May 2013




  • Hard to find an up-to-date document. This is the most recent pay rates and terms information we could find. 

New Zealand

  • Various guides and information about pay rates and conditions from Film New Zealand:


  • Pay rates for hair and makeup personnel for film, television, commericals and low-budget productions (from BECTU).
  • For theatre wig/hair/makeup personnel, there is the TMA (Theatrical Management Association) agreement with BECTU. You need to be a BECTU member to access the information:


If you know of more up-to-date links, or have links/information for other countries, please get in touch and let us know so we can share it. Thanks 🙂 

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