Assistant Fashion Designer Salary (United States)

With just under nine-tenths of Assistant Fashion Designers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $36,781 per year. Pay generally spreads from $25,561 to $50,528 per year. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's 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  
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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 advance into the role of a Senior Fashion Designer—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $53K per year. A typical promotion for Assistant Fashion Designers is becoming Fashion Designers or Apparel Technical Designers, where they can expect an extra $16,319 or $14,820 per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Fashion Designer

Survey results imply that Assistant Fashion Designers put a diverse skill set to use. Patternmaking is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 7 percent. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent 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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Milwaukee offers some of the highest pay in the country for Assistant Fashion Designers, 27 percent above the national average. Assistant Fashion Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent) and Boston (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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)
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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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