Costume Designer Salary

Costume Designers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K per year on average. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Costume Designers survey respondents are women (76 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. 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 a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$18,641 - $87,500
(Median)
$19K
$39K
$88K
MEDIAN: $39,348
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90%

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$10.03 - $31.03
(Median)
$10
$14
$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 (?
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$21,201 - $79,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $31.03  
   
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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$21,201 - $79,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $36K. For Costume Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $38K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $43K.

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Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

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
34%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 35%
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