Median pay for Associate Fashion Designers in the United States is around $50K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (90 percent) of Associate Fashion Designers who took the survey are female. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,902 - $64,391
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$64K
MEDIAN: $50,232
10%
50%
90%

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$12.87 - $24.56
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$37,902 - $64,391  
   
Bonus
$244.68 - $3,166  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$35,196 - $63,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $24.56  
   
Overtime
$20.63 - $37.54  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$244.68 - $3,166  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$35,196 - $63,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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At the upper end, Associate Fashion Designers who move into a Senior Fashion Designer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Fashion Designers is a much higher $89K per year.

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Popular Skills for Associate Fashion Designer


Associate Fashion Designers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Fabric/Textiles and Technical Garment Knowledge, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people skilled in Adobe Illustrator are similarly competent in Design.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,748

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

Home to some of the best pay for Associate Fashion Designers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 13 percent above the national average. Associate Fashion Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 1 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Los Angeles.

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Experience Affects Associate Fashion Designer Salaries



National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Associate Fashion Designer Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 23%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 10%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$50,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

Technical Garment Knowledge
up arrow 5%

Fabric/Textiles
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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