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Costume Designer Salary

Costume Designers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, about one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most Costume Designers survey respondents are women (75 percent). The majority of Costume Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$18,641 - $87,500
(Median)
$19K
$40K
$88K
MEDIAN: $40,235
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$9.94 - $30.81
(Median)
$9
$13
$31
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$18,641 - $87,500  
   
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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$21,221 - $78,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $30.81  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $72.72  
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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$21,221 - $78,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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

  • 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Costume Designers make a median salary of $38K. Costume Designers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $42K.

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Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

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 22 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 34%
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