Women make up the vast majority of Assistant Fashion Designers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $40K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,816 - $51,029
(Median)
$31K
$40K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,996
10%
50%
90%

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$10.15 - $21.07
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,816 - $51,029  
   
Bonus
$207.29 - $4,848  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$28,141 - $50,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 298
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $21.07  
   
Overtime
$17.23 - $33.38  
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
$207.29 - $4,848  
   
Commission
$2,000  
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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$28,141 - $50,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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 $92K annually. 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


Assistant Fashion Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Adobe Illustrator also know Design.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,188

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Assistant Fashion Designers, busy Milwaukee offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Assistant Fashion Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+11 percent), Miami (+7 percent), Philadelphia (+5 percent), and San Francisco (+5 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%



National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Assistant Fashion Designer Salaries

Product Development
up arrow 5%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

Technical Garment Knowledge
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Patternmaking
0%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
84%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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