Assistant Fashion Designer Salary

Salaries for Assistant Fashion Designers in the United States average out at around $39K annually, but Milwaukee employers pay the most, offering approximately $48K on average. Assistant Fashion Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), Philadelphia (+7 percent), Boston (+6 percent), and Seattle (+3 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,096 - $51,118
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,358
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90%

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$10.04 - $21.15
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,096 - $51,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
Commission
$1,350  
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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$27,007 - $51,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 532
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $21.15  
   
Overtime
$14.95 - $33.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
   
Commission
$1,350  
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).
)
$27,007 - $51,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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There are some Assistant Fashion Designers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Fashion Designers, where earnings are an average $93K annually. Fashion Designers or Associate Fashion Designers are common next-step roles for Assistant Fashion Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Fashion Designers is $15K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Associate Fashion Designers.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Fashion Designer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Patternmaking, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe InDesign. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in Design.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,389

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Experience Affects Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 3%


National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries

Product Development
up arrow 7%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Patternmaking
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Design
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$38,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
81%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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