Associate Fashion Designer Salary

Most Associate Fashion Designers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $51K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Associate Fashion Designers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,742 - $62,382
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$62K
MEDIAN: $50,585
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50%
90%

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$10.26 - $26.63
(Median)
$10
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$38,742 - $62,382  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$35,811 - $62,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $26.63  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $39.92  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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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$35,811 - $62,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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Job Description for Associate Fashion Designer

An associate fashion designer comes up with fashion designs for clothing and accessories. Some positions are full-time or part-time, while others are temporary or freelance. Teamwork is important, as a design team often works together to come up with fashion concepts. It is important to be creative and to have an eye for fashion and innovation. The fashion designer may be given a concept that needs to be developed, or he or she may be expected to come up with fresh concepts.

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Associate Fashion Designer Tasks

  • Keep product development on track and in line with development schedule.
  • Research trends and suggest designs in line with trends and brand.
  • Assist in all areas of design, including sketching and mock ups.
  • Contribute to creating multiple seasonal lines at the same time.

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Associate Fashion Designers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Fashion Designer. The latter position pays an average of $89K annually.

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Popular Skills for Associate Fashion Designer


Survey results show that Associate Fashion Designers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Those listing Fabric/Textiles and Computer Aided Design as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in Design.

Pay Difference by Location


For Associate Fashion Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Associate Fashion Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 5 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Associate Fashion Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%


National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Associate Fashion Designer Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 22%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 16%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$50,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Technical Garment Knowledge
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 8%

Fabric/Textiles
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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