Salary for Permanent Makeup Tattoo Artists

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Not all tattoo artists apply tattoos for purely decorative reasons. Others work as medical tattoo artists or permanent makeup artists. A medical tattoo artist salary can be similar to a permanent makeup artist salary, but it all depends on the type of employer and location. Many of these hard-working individuals enjoy the benefits of earning excellent reputations, so it is common for clients to seek out their services and return to them time and time again.

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Permanent Makeup Artist Salary

Tattooists experience a wide disparity in pay across the board. While a high-producing cosmetic tattoo artist's salary could be quite respectable, another's could be much lower. Wondering how much tattoo artists get paid on average? According to Zippia, the median permanent makeup artist salary is ​$61,670​ a year, with a range of ​$26,000 to $144,000​. They also show that tattoo artists working in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island earn the most.

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The team at SimplyHired published data showing that an average medical tattoo artist's salary is somewhat less than other categories of tattoo artists. Their median pay is ​$50,730​, with a range of ​$22,898 to $112,392​. Pay structures influence these statistics, so keep in mind that while some tattoo artists are paid by the hour, others are paid by the tattoo or are on salary. Good work means more tips, and this definitely contributes to earnings potential. Working for yourself rather than being an employee of a beauty company can also help you to increase your earnings.

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Permanent Makeup Tattoo Artists: Job Description

Permanent makeup artist/cosmetic tattoo artist professionals use rotary pen machines, coil tattoo machines and their hands to apply tattoos that mimic makeup, like eyebrows, eyeliner, lip color and more. The goal is to create a better appearance, which can mean more thickness or a deeper tone. The tools and techniques vary, based on the client's needs and desired outcome. Microblading is one of the most popular procedures; this is a semipermanent technique using a microblading pen that dispenses ink to create the look of shapelier eyebrows.

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Medical tattoos differ because they serve two purposes; they are used for medical and cosmetic reasons. According to the Florida Tattoo Academy, medical radiation tattoos are used as guides to show technicians where radiation has to be administered. These tattoos can also be used instead of medical alert bracelets; other uses include creating tattooed areas for mastectomy patients, hiding scars and helping patients who have skin pigment issues. Tattoo artists work at tattoo salons and medical facilities, but some of the most successful ones are self-employed.

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Permanent Makeup Tattoo Artists: Education Requirements

Although many tattoo artists learn on their own or get apprenticeships with working tattoo artists, for hygiene and safety, it is best to get some formal training first. Tattoo school teaches students how to create tattoo designs, and helps students get their licenses. Some tattoo schools offer apprenticeships at their parlor for students who complete the courses.

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Schools like the Sauler Institute of Tattooing and the Beau Institute offer medical tattoo artist training and other permanent makeup education courses, and some of their graduates go on to earn very respectable livings. Some of the classes focus on 3-D and 4-D techniques, and options can include virtual, on-site and hands-on training. Specialized classes usually last a few days or more and can cost around ​$5,000​ each.

Consider also:Grants for Makeup Artists

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