Pay for Costume Designers in the United States is very modest at just $37K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Costume Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a little less than one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by close to one-half and dental coverage is claimed by just under a third. Female Costume Designers make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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$9.78 - $29.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$24,278 - $100,050  
   
Bonus
$4,913  
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$21,332 - $78,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $29.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.81  
Overtime
$22.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$4,913  
   
Total Pay (?
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$21,332 - $78,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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.


Costume Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Costume Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $44K.

Costume Designer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Costume Designer?

Costume Designer in Boston:
"Costume Design."
Negotiations are important when discussing a contract. Per Diem, travel and accommodation must be included with any job which requires you to be away from home.

Key Stats for Costume Designer

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
032
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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