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Assistant Fashion Designer Salary

Median pay for Assistant Fashion Designers in the United States comes out to approximately $38K annually, but employers in Milwaukee pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $48K. Assistant Fashion Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Boston (+10 percent), New York (+5 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,088 - $50,844
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,439
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50%
90%

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$10.01 - $20.67
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,088 - $50,844  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,059  
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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$25,669 - $51,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 543
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $20.67  
   
Overtime
$14.74 - $30.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,059  
   
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).
)
$25,669 - $51,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198

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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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While Assistant Fashion Designers do not often become Senior Fashion Designers, the job pays $89K per year on average. Assistant Fashion Designers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Fashion Designers or Apparel Technical Designers. The median paychecks in those roles are $16K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Fashion Designer


Survey results suggest that Assistant Fashion Designers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Patternmaking, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe InDesign. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in Design.

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Experience Affects Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries

Patternmaking
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$37,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 33%