Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

risk level
Based on 92 votes
by year 2032
or $46.33 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

7% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Originality

  • Fine Arts

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

25% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 7% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance' job openings is expected to rise 7.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance' was $96,370, or $46 per hour

'Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance' were paid 108.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 2,970 people employed as 'Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 49 thousand people are employed as 'Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance'.

Job description

Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

SOC Code: 39-5091.00


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Nicki says
AI and CGI have come along way since the previous comments.
Nov 23, 2023 at 07:57 AM
Anjali Tater (Low) says
Because each person as a different demand and outlook , how much understanding can someone provide in a robot and the comfort provided.. Sudden demand of changes in the look.. Take care of some skin conditions or wounds while creating the look/doing makeup.. All this is possible whilst an actually human not robot.
Aug 08, 2023 at 08:33 PM
azzy (Low) says
it would be hard and expensive to do this don't think its worth it :)
Feb 01, 2021 at 06:56 PM
Sein says
a job that requires a relationship with a person.
Makeup artists need emotion and thought.
Sep 02, 2020 at 03:36 AM
Charlie says
Make up is really skill-full.
Dec 03, 2019 at 09:56 AM
ZeniNab says
Automatic makeup, based on an initial setting
Apr 03, 2019 at 12:15 PM
Mark says
Maybe one day, but it's not quite there yet, as this quite funny article highlights :)
Apr 04, 2019 at 02:44 PM

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