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 annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Associate Fashion Designers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$38,786 - $62,316
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$62K
MEDIAN: $50,517
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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
$38,786 - $62,316  
   
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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$35,876 - $62,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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 (?
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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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$35,876 - $62,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

Common Career Paths for Associate Fashion Designer


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Associate Fashion Designers who go on to become Senior Fashion Designers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Fashion Designers is $90K annually.

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Popular Skills for Associate Fashion Designer


Associate Fashion Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Fabric/Textiles and Computer Aided Design as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of Design.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Associate Fashion Designers, 8 percent higher than the national average. Associate Fashion Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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