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 $39K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Costume Designers making up 76 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,641 - $87,500

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$10.05 - $30.91

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Salary
$18,641 - $87,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
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$21,265 - $78,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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: 18 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $34K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $37K. Costume Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Costume Designer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $43K.

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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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