Assistant Fashion Designer Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Assistant Fashion Designers report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $36,781 per year on average. The range in pay spans from $25,561 to $50,528 per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, 67 percent do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The majority of Assistant Fashion Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Assistant Fashion Designer Salary (?
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$28,676 - $50,606
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MEDIAN: $37,906
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Assistant Fashion Designer Salary (?
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$10.03 - $20.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,676 - $50,606  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,993  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,561 - $50,528  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 586
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $20.49  
   
Overtime
$14.92 - $29.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,993  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,561 - $50,528  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 205
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Job Description for Assistant Fashion Designer

Assistant fashion designers are responsible for all aspects of the design and creation of new fashion products, as well as updating previous designs. They typically work under the supervision of a fashion designer and specialize in a particular area of design, such as skirts, sweaters, or (more generally) women’s apparel.
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Assistant Fashion Designer Tasks
  • Prepare for and attend buy meetings and fittings, and assist with physical tasks and time management.
  • Identify and research current clothing, fabric, color and market trends.
  • Create specifications for products and fabrics, including dimensions and sketches.
  • Draw clothing products, design sketches and patterns with graphic software.
  • Work with factory to produce, assess the quality of, and fit samples.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Fashion Designer

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Assistant Fashion Designers who transition into Senior Fashion Designers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $53K per year. Fashion Designers or Apparel Technical Designers are common next-step roles for Assistant Fashion Designers moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $16,319 or $14,820, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Fashion Designer

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Patternmaking is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 7 percent. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Design.

Pay Difference By Location

Milwaukee
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San Francisco
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Boston
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National Average
$37,000
Dallas
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Assistant Fashion Designers will find that Milwaukee offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Assistant Fashion Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent) and Boston (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 8 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%
National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries

Patternmaking
up arrow 7%
Adobe Photoshop
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Microsoft Excel
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Adobe Illustrator
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Design
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Adobe InDesign
0%
National Average
$37,000
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 198 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
79%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 32%
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