Costume Designer Salary

Costume Designers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Costume Designers survey respondents are women (76 percent). Work is enjoyable for Costume Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$18,641 - $87,500
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$19K
$39K
$88K
MEDIAN: $39,348
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$10.05 - $30.91
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$14
$31
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$18,641 - $87,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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$21,265 - $78,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $30.91  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $72.72  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
   
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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$21,265 - $78,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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

  • 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.


Costume Designers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker earns $34K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $37K. Costume Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 35%
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