Costume Designer Salary

Costume Designers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Costume Designers survey respondents are women (74 percent). While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and close to a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,903 - $100,050
$24K
$36K
$100K
MEDIAN: $36,268
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$9.64 - $29.59
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MEDIAN: $16.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$23,903 - $100,050  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$20,744 - $69,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $29.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.81  
Overtime
$22.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$1,200  
   
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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$20,744 - $69,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Costume Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $42K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Key Stats for Costume Designer

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Experienced
▲19%

Late-Career
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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