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Costume Designer Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Costume Designers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and just under one-half get dental coverage, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Costume Designers making up 77 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$18,373 - $69,531
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MEDIAN: $39,942
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$18,373 - $69,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
Total Pay (?
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$20,541 - $70,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $30.72  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $72.72  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
   
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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$20,541 - $70,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Costume Designer

  • 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $38K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $36K on average. On average, Costume Designers make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $38K.

Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 36%