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Pay Rates & Working Conditions for Makeup Artists

Pay rates for makeup artists

A guide to finding information on the current pay rates for makeup artists. Many countries have a union, guild or trade association that represents people working in the film and tv industries. 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, these organisations can be a good ally to have.

As information seems to change a lot and websites get updated, we have listed the organisation or union that should be able to provide information to its members or people living in that region.




  • Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) is the head of all Indian cinema associations, including those for makeup artists. 
  • List of associations from Wikipedia.


  • 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 about pay rates for makeup artists and working conditions from Film New Zealand:


  • Pay rates for hair and makeup personnel for film, television, commercials, and low-budget productions (from BECTU).
  • For theatre personnel, there is the UK Theatre (formerly TMA) agreement with BECTU. You need to be a BECTU member to access the info.


Find Out More

  • If you know of more up-to-date links or have information for other countries, please get in touch and let us know so we can share it. Thanks.
  • Our thanks to Jenni Schenk for the update on IATSE rates (USA/Canada).

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Pay rates for makeup artists