Assistant Fashion Designer Salary

Median pay for Assistant Fashion Designers in the United States is around $40K per year, but employers in Columbus offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $49K. Assistant Fashion Designers will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+22 percent), Baltimore (+15 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,043 - $50,973
$31K
$40K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,920
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$10.41 - $22.30
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MEDIAN: $15.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$31,043 - $50,973  
   
Bonus
$482.26 - $5,034  
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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$28,844 - $51,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.41 - $22.30  
   
Overtime
$15.83 - $35.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$482.26 - $5,034  
   
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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$28,844 - $51,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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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

  • Draw clothing products, design sketches and patterns with graphic software.
  • Work with factory to produce, assess the quality of, and fit samples.
  • Create specifications for products and fabrics, including dimensions and sketches.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Fashion Designer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Assistant Fashion Designers sometimes become Chief Fashion Designers, where the average income is $92K per year. A common career progression for an Assistant Fashion Designer is to become a Fashion Designer or an Associate Fashion Designer. Compared to Assistant Fashion Designers, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Fashion Designer


Survey results suggest that Assistant Fashion Designers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Computer Aided Design, Adobe Illustrator, and Technical Garment Knowledge are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe InDesign. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Design.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,136

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Assistant Fashion Designer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Fashion Designer?

Assistant Fashion Designer in San Rafael:
"Shoe Design Assistant."
Pros: Creativity , Trend research, Work flexibility, shoe style development, project management, Special make up development, Color research , Fashion show organization.
Cons: On the computer all day, not great manager , constant changing of processes, always on Adobe Illustrator , not got pay, long hours.

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Key Stats for Assistant Fashion Designer

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
84%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
2%
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Experience Affects Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries

Experienced
▲14%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries

Product Development
▲5%



Technical Garment Knowledge
▲2%


▲1%


National Average
$39,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
84%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 30%
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