Costume Designer Salary

Costume Designers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $35K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Costume Designers make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Most Costume Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Approximately one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, nearly one-half report medical coverage and nearly one in three claim dental coverage as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,083 - $70,469
$24K
$35K
$70K
MEDIAN: $35,281
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50%
90%

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$9.73 - $30.17
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$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,083 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
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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$21,055 - $65,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $30.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.81  
Overtime
$22.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$1,200  
   
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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$21,055 - $65,377  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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

Pay by Experience for a Costume Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Costume Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Costume Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Costume Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 19 salaries. A Costume Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 10 salaries.

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
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Experienced
▲19%

Late-Career
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 49%
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