Salary for Permanent Makeup Tattoo Artists

An artistic person with an interest in cosmetics may study to become a permanent makeup tattoo artist. While people in this field all typically perform the same types of duties, the salary varies depending on a number of factors, including experience, location, and type of employer.


Job Description

Permanent makeup artists tattoo portions of the face with the look of makeup to enhance a client's appearance. The permanent makeup process involves the injection of colored pigment into the upper layer of the dermis. A permanent makeup tattoo isn't literally permanent, and typically lasts between two and 10 years. A permanent makeup artist may work in a doctor's office, salon, spa, dermatologist's office, or independent studio.

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To become a permanent makeup artist, you must attend an instructional program that can last up to six weeks. During this program, you will learn proper application methods, safety and sanitation. Most schools also provide hands-on training opportunities to their students. Following the training program, you must typically complete an apprenticeship that lasts from six months to one year. The licensing requirements for permanent makeup artists vary by state.



According to the Colleges and Careers website, permanent makeup artist earn gross incomes ranging between $55,000 and $80,000 per year. A typical permanent makeup procedure costs between $400 and $800, and more advanced procedures usually cost between $150 and $250 per hour. Artists working in a clinic or doctor's office will only receive a portion of this income, or a salary or hourly wage. An individual who owns her own permanent makeup studio will retain all of the money, but she must also pay all the expenses and overhead for a business.



The income a permanent makeup tattoo artist earns may vary by location. Because the cost of procedures vary, artists who perform more advanced procedures, such as camouflaging flaws and applying permanent lipstick or cheek blush, may earn more than artists who perform only basic procedures, such as applying permanent eyeliner, eyebrow enhancements and lip liner. Most permanent makeup artists also have certification in cosmetology.