The average pay for a Costume Designer is $38,535 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for employees with more than 20 years' experience.
Costume Designer Total Pay (?
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$19,834 - $76,026
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76K
MEDIAN: $38,535
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Costume Designer Total Pay (?
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$9.89 - $32.55
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$19,834 - $76,026  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,468  
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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$21,907 - $97,263  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $32.55  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $73.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,468  
   
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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$21,907 - $97,263  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Job Description for Costume Designer
  • 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.
  • May teach classes in costumery, make up artistry, costume history, and millinery.
  • Design costumes for a film or stage production.
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Pay by Experience Level for Costume Designer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%
Mid-Career
up arrow 13%
National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 1%
Late-Career
up arrow 12%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 24 votes.
Gender
Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
24%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 32%
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