Costume Designer Salary

Those pursuing careers as Costume Designers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $35K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than two-fifths have medical coverage and just under one in three have dental coverage, a little more than half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Costume Designers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Costume Designers making up 70 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,270 - $70,469
$23K
$35K
$70K
MEDIAN: $35,281
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$9.40 - $30.04
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$0$70K
Salary $23,270 - $70,469
Bonus $675
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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$20,036 - $64,663
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 36
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $9.40 - $30.04
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $22.73
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $675
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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$20,036 - $64,663
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 35

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Job Description for Costume Designer

A costume designer designs the wardrobe for productions like movies and plays. Costume designers are also needed for companies that sell or rent costumes for Halloween and other occasions. Often there is a budget that needs to be adhered to, so that it is up to the costume designer to be creative within these constraints. Some subsequent bargaining may have to be done with vendors.

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Costume Designer Tasks

  • Design costumes for a film or stage production.
  • May teach classes in costumery, make up artistry, costume history, and millinery.
  • Coordinate with the director, lighting and sound designers, and other creative personnel such as hair stylists and makeup artists in the design of each costume.

Costume Designer Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Costume Designer

Pay by Experience for a Costume Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Costume Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Costume Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Costume Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 19 salaries. A Costume Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 10 salaries.

Costume Designer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Costume Designer?

Costume Designer in Boston:
"Costume Design."
Negotiations are important when discussing a contract. Per Diem, travel and accommodation must be included with any job which requires you to be away from home.

Key Stats for Costume Designer

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Experienced
▲22%

Late-Career
▲20%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
no benefits
None: 52%
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