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Costume Designer Salary

Costume Designers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Close to one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and just over two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Most Costume Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Costume Designers making up 76 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,720 - $77,281
(Median)
$19K
$40K
$77K
MEDIAN: $39,928
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$9.95 - $30.72
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$14
$31
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$18,720 - $77,281  
   
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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$21,317 - $75,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $30.72  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $62.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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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$21,317 - $75,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $38K. Costume Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Costume Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 33%