Costume Designer Salary

Costume Designers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Costume Designers survey respondents are women (78 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While about two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,658 - $98,130
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$98K
MEDIAN: $39,663
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$9.95 - $30.46
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$24,658 - $98,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$22,054 - $78,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $30.46  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $72.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
   
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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$22,054 - $78,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $45K on average.

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Experience Affects Costume Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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