Costume Designer Salary
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.
|Salary||$24,278 - $100,050|
|Total Pay (||$21,332 - $78,906|
|Hourly Rate||$9.78 - $29.59|
|Total Pay (||$21,332 - $78,906|
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.Read More...
Some positions require college schooling relating to design, while others will rely on a portfolio in order to recognize talent. The costume designer may be given some guidelines about how to create the costume. Some guidelines must be strictly adhered to. Others will be more general and lax, allowing the designer to show more creativity.
Another important aspect of costume construction aspect is to making sure that people will be comfortable when wearing the costumes. Therefore, a large knowledge of materials and their uses is essential. Though the designer may work as part of a team, much of the work is done independently, so it is important to be self-sufficient. Broad knowledge of costume types and trends are essential. Research skills are also important in order to determine trends and styles that will coincide with the direction of the team. Another important skill is being able to use computer programs to create designs, such as Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
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.
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