Average Makeup Artist Salary in Kenya for 2024

In this article, we will look at the average Makeup Artist salary for 2024 in Kenya and how that compares to other countries and professions. We'll also look at interesting salary data points like median salary, 25th and 75th percentile salaries, salary amounts based on experience, bonus ranges and more!

The data in this article has been compiled using official government salary data, salary surveys, and other sources such as job postings which contain salary information.

All salary information is in the local currency, which is the Kenyan shilling. To keep things simple, we are using the KES currency code instead of the currency symbol Sh.

How Much Does a Makeup Artist Make in Kenya?

A Makeup Artist working in Kenya will typically earn around 1,069,800 KES per year, and this can range from the lowest average salary of about 524,300 KES to the highest average salary of 1,668,900 KES.

Average Annual Salary
1,069,800 KES
Average Monthly Salary
89,150 KES

Lowest Annual Salary
524,300 KES
Lowest Monthly Salary
43,691 KES

Highest Annual Salary
1,668,900 KES
Highest Monthly Salary
139,075 KES

These are average salaries for a Makeup Artist in Kenya and include benefits such as housing and transport. It's also possible for a Makeup Artist to earn more or less than the average salaries shown above.

Makeup Artist salaries will vary a lot based on your experience, location, skills, and gender. Keep reading below to research more data on each of these areas.

Distribution of Makeup Artist Salaries in Kenya

So we've looked at the average salaries a Makeup Artist will earn in Kenya. The next interesting data point is the distribution of salaries.

Salary ranges

We already know that a Makeup Artist can earn between 524,300 KES and 1,668,900 KES on average in Kenya. This is known as the range in statistics.

The difference between the maximum and minimum values is a good indicator of variability in salaries, and can be used by employers to figure out how much they can expect to pay, and for employees to know how much they can earn.

Median salary

The median salary for a Makeup Artist in Kenya is 1,092,200 KES. This is the middle value in the distribution of salaries.

What this means is that approximately 50% of the population earn less than 1,092,200 KES, and 50% of the population earn more than 1,092,200 KES.

If you are earning more than the median salary, that's a good indicator that you are being paid well.

If you're not earning more than the median salary, your objective should be to increase your earnings to be at least as high as the median salary (which you can do by asking for a pay rise, looking for a better paying job, etc).

Percentiles

Percentiles are similar to the median salary, but instead of looking at the middle value, they look at the values in the top and bottom half of the distribution.

For the average Makeup Artist salary in Kenya, 25% of the population are earning less than 727,100 KES while 75% of the population earn more than 727,100 KES.

75% of the population earn less than 1,417,600 KES, and 25% of the population earn more than 1,417,600 KES.

Like the median salary, the 25th and 75th percentile salaries can be used to determine which quartile you fall into so that you know whether you are being paid well enough compared to others in your profession and location.

The difference between a median and an average salary

The median and average salary are both indicators you can use to see if you are being paid fairly based on the overall population.

  • If your salary is higher than the average and the median salary, you are earning well compared to others.
  • If your salary is lower than the average and the median salary, it could indicate you are not being paid well enough.
  • If you are somewhere in between then it's tricky to determine if you are being paid well enough and you might need to research more closely.

Makeup Artist Salary by Experience Level in Kenya

The most important factor in determining your salary after the specific profession is the number of years experience you have. It stands to reason that more years of experience will result in a higher wage.

We have researched the average makeup artist salary based on years of experience to give you an idea of how the average changes once you've worked for a certain amount of time.

  • 0 - 2 Years Experience. A Makeup Artist in Kenya that has less than two years of experience can expect to earn somewhere in the region of 623,200 KES.
  • 2 - 5 Years Experience. With two to five years of experience the average Makeup Artist salary would increase to 799,300 KES.
  • 5 - 10 Years Experience. From five to ten years of experience as a Makeup Artist, the average salary would be 1,102,100 KES.
  • 10 - 15 Years Experience. Once you have more than ten years of experience the average salary reaches around 1,369,700 KES.
  • 15 - 20 Years Experience. A Makeup Artist with 15 to 20 years of experience can earn an average of 1,464,200 KES.
  • 20+ Years Experience. For a Makeup Artist with more than 20 years, the expected average salary increases to 1,560,800 KES.

Average Salary by Experience Chart

0-2 Years
623,200 KES
2-5 Years +29%
799,300 KES
5-10 Years +38%
1,102,100 KES
10-15 Years +24%
1,369,700 KES
15-20 Years +7%
1,464,200 KES
20+ Years +7%
1,560,800 KES

Makeup Artist Salary by Education Level in Kenya

As well as experience in a job, your education plays a big role in how much you can earn. A lot of higher paying positions require a high level of education, but how much can a degree increase your salary?

In our research we have compared the salaries of employees in the same job and career level with different levels of education to see how much more you can earn at each education level.

The salary you can earn based on your education is very specific to both your location and the career path you choose.

In our research, we looked at the average salary for a Makeup Artist in Kenya based on the education level of the employees in order to find out whether a better education level would increase your salary.

  • High School. A Makeup Artist in Kenya with a high school education can earn an average salary of 799,300 KES.

  • Certificate or Diploma. A Makeup Artist in Kenya with a certificate or diploma education can earn an average salary of 1,145,100 KES.

  • Bachelor's Degree. A Makeup Artist in Kenya with a bachelor's degree education can earn an average salary of 1,583,700 KES.

Average Salary by Education Chart

High School
799,300 KES
Certificate or Diploma +43%
1,145,100 KES
Bachelor's Degree +38%
1,583,700 KES

How Much is a Master's Degree or MBA Program?

The approximate cost of a master's degree or post-graduate program like an MBA in Kenya is around 734,000 to 2,200,000 KES and takes two years to complete.

As you can see above, there are financial benefits from reaching master's degree level, but don't expect to see much of a salary increase until you have completed the degree.

It's common for people to pursue an MBA or other post-graduate program in order to switch to a a job that pays more. On average, you can expect to earn around 10% more when switching to a new company.

Whether you decide to pursue a master's degree depends on many factors. If you are able to afford it, the numbers suggest that the return on investment is worth it and you could recover the costs in a few years from the salary increase you would receive.

Makeup Artist Salary Compared by Gender

In the modern age, we know that there should never be a pay gap between men and women. Unfortunately, in many professions, there is still a significant difference between the salaries earned by men when compared to the salary of women in the same job.

In Kenya, a male makeup artist will earn an average of 1,011,300 KES, while a female makeup artist will earn around 1,113,700 KES.

This means that a male makeup artist earns approximately 9% less than a female makeup artist for performing the same job.

Average Salary by Gender Chart in Kenya

Male
1,011,300 KES
Female +9%
1,113,700 KES

Makeup Artist Average Pay Raise in Kenya

In many countries, an annual pay raise is often given to employees to reward their service with a salary increase.

From our research, we can see that the average pay raise for a Makeup Artist in Kenya is around 7% every 28 months.

The national average pay raise across all professions and industries in Kenya is around 4% every 29 months.

In this case, we can see that the number of months between the average pay raise is higher than the typical 12 months.

To make the data more meaningful, we can calculate what the approximate annual pay raise would be using a simple formula:

Annual Increase = ( Increase Rate ÷ Months ) × 12

So for this example, it would be:

Annual Increase = ( 7 ÷ 28 ) × 12  = 3%

What this means is that a Makeup Artist in Kenya can expect to receive an average pay raise of around 3% every 12 months.

Annual Pay Raise by Industry in Kenya for 2024

In the chart below, you can see the average annual pay raise percentages for each of the major industries in Kenya.

You will see that companies in bigger and more lucrative industries tend to have the higher annual pay raises.

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

Makeup Artist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Kenya

Another part of your overall compensation in a job is how much bonus you receive. Some job roles will be more likely to pay a bonus than others and also more likely to have higher bonus rates.

Generally speaking, jobs that are more involved with direct revenue generation will receive higher bonuses based on the performance towards revenue goals.

A Makeup Artist is a low bonus based job, with 12% of employees reporting at least one bonus in the last 12 months.

88% reported that they had not received any bonuses in the previous 12 months.

For the employees that did receive a bonus in the previous 12 months, the reported bonuses ranged from 0% to 4%.

Received Bonus
12%
No Bonus
88%

What are the Types of Bonus?

There are a number of difference types of bonus you can receive in a job. Including:

  • Individual performance bonus - This is a bonus that is awarded to an individual employee for general performance in the job. It's the most common type of bonus.
  • Company performance bonus - This is a bonus that is awarded to a company employees to share profit with the staff.
  • Goal based bonus - This is a bonus that is awarded to an individual employee (or a team) for achieving specific goals, objectives, or milestones.
  • Holiday bonus - This type of bonus is usually paid around the holidays, often the end of the year, and is a token of appreciation for the hard work throughout the year.

Government vs Private Sector Salaries

Another commonly asked question is whether you get paid a higher salary working in the public (government) sector or the private sector.

Public sector employees in Kenya earn approximately 14% more than private sector employees in the same role.

Public Sector
1,908,800 KES
Private Sector -14%
1,678,300 KES

Salaries for Jobs Similar to a Makeup Artist

In the table below, we have salary information for jobs that are similar to a Makeup Artist in Kenya.

Job Title Category Salary
3D Artist Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,655,500 KES
3D Designer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,606,100 KES
3D Generalist Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,428,800 KES
3D Visualization Specialist Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,583,700 KES
Acrobatic Rigger Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,104,400 KES
Actor Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,230,100 KES
Art Administrator Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,788,300 KES
Art Director Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,230,100 KES
Art Lead Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,100,900 KES
Associate Media Director Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,765,300 KES
Associate Producer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,389,200 KES
Broadcast and Sound Engineer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,428,800 KES
Broadcast Associate Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,198,300 KES
Broadcast News Analyst Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,716,600 KES
Broadcast Technician Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,054,900 KES
Broadcasting Journalist Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,065,400 KES
Broadcasting Presenter Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,161,200 KES
Camera Equipment Repairer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,161,000 KES
Camera Operator Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,028,300 KES
Cartoonist / Animator Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,500,800 KES
CAS Engineer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,716,600 KES
Censorship Executive Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,955,300 KES
Choreographer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,476,700 KES
Colorist Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 854,300 KES
Communications Manager Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,411,500 KES
Correspondent Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,921,500 KES
Dance Director Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,716,600 KES
Dancer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,537,500 KES
Director of Photography Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,800,200 KES
Disc Jockey Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,057,100 KES
Editorial Assistant Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 894,500 KES
Events Manager Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,645,600 KES
Graphic Designer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,166,500 KES
Illustrator Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,273,300 KES
Industrial Designer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,106,000 KES
Instructional Designer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,067,500 KES
Journalist Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,124,400 KES
Media Design Manager Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,893,600 KES
Media Equipment Operator Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 956,200 KES
Media Operations Manager Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,304,300 KES
Media Planner Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,583,700 KES
Media Producer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,184,900 KES
Media Product Development Manager Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,987,000 KES
Media Production Manager Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,676,200 KES
Media Program Director Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 3,035,200 KES
Media Relation Executive Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 3,168,300 KES
Media Relations Manager Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,893,600 KES
Media Sales Manager Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 3,178,700 KES
Movement and Dance Coordinator Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,765,300 KES
Multimedia Coordinator Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,134,500 KES
Multimedia Designer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,145,100 KES
Music Consultant Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,560,800 KES
Musician Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,212,800 KES
News Associate Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,547,500 KES
News Reporter Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,076,600 KES
Post Production Assistant Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 987,200 KES
Producer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,782,600 KES
Product Designer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,165,300 KES
Product Planner Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,405,700 KES
Production Artist Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,428,800 KES
Production Assistant Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,047,900 KES
Production Director Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 2,435,600 KES
Production Technician Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,012,100 KES
Program Researcher Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,788,300 KES
Promotion Coordinator Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,450,700 KES
Sound Engineer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,391,600 KES
Sound Engineering Technician Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 803,400 KES
Stage Technician Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 852,900 KES
Sub Editor Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,043,700 KES
Television Executive Producer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 3,229,900 KES
Transmission Engineer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,645,600 KES
Video Editor Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,345,400 KES
Video Producer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,583,700 KES
Videographer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,428,800 KES
Visual Designer Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment 1,510,400 KES

Salary Comparison by City

If you want to compare salaries with different cities in Kenya, you can use the links below to explore the data for each specific city we have researched.

City Average Salary
Kisumu 1,042,000 KES
Mombasa 1,112,300 KES
Nairobi 1,224,800 KES

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