Fashion Designer Salary

Fashion Designers in the United States pull down an average of $60K per year. Total cash compensation to Fashion Designers approaches anywhere from $35K on the lower end to $99K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. The vast majority of Fashion Designers (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Fashion Designers is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,706 - $96,744
(Median)
$37K
$60K
$97K
MEDIAN: $60,271
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$12.02 - $44.85
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$45
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$36,706 - $96,744  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,265  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $12,140  
Commission
$9,826  
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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$34,926 - $99,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,024
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $44.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.61  
Overtime
$-0.49 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,265  
   
Commission
$9,826  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $12,140  
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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$34,926 - $99,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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Job Description for Fashion Designer

A fashion designer creates designs for items like clothing, shoes, and accessories. Prior to creating a prototype, the designer will create a sketch of the clothing. Usually, this clothing concept will then be presented to management, who will approve the clothing so that a prototype can be created. The fashion designer will often be expected to have sewing skills, in order to create the first clothing example. When the design is handed over to a factory or other clothing producer, the designer must oversee the process to make sure that the clothing meets quality standards of the company.

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Fashion Designer Tasks

  • Develop design ideas based on targeted demographic and preferences of management or clients.
  • Supervise assistants creating patterns and producing samples of articles of clothing.
  • Follow fashion trends by researching customer preferences, attending fashion shows, and reading fashion publications.
  • Draw patterns and specifications for articles of clothing, determining factors such as design, colors, materials, and methods of production.
  • Promote designs by displaying samples of clothing at sales meetings and fashion shows.

Common Career Paths for Fashion Designer


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Fashion Designers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Chief Fashion Designer. The average Chief Fashion Designer brings home $93K per year. As Fashion Designers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Fashion Designers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $88K per year. Another common career choice for Fashion Designers is to move into an Apparel Technical Designer role. Typically, Apparel Technical Designers get paid $52K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Fashion Designer


Those at JCPenney can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $82K.

Popular Skills for Fashion Designer


Fashion Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Specification, Product Development, Illustration, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Sewing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Merchandising and Patternmaking also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Adobe Illustrator also know Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Fashion Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $48K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $65K. For Fashion Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $77K. Fashion Designers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,444

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Fashion Designers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Fashion Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Columbus (+7 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Fashion Designers is geography, with workers in Chicago earning a whopping 34 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (24 percent less and 21 percent less, respectively).

Fashion Designer Reviews

What is it like working as a Fashion Designer?

Fashion Designer in Baltimore:
"Accessories Designer."
Pros: I love the freedom I have as a designer and love the opportunities I have been given at Under Armour. I started as a graphic designer in 2011 at Under Armour, and since then have moved into a position as an Accessories Designer for the Women's team.
Cons: I currently am managing a ton of work and don't seem to be getting any help anytime soon. I also feel that I am not compensated for all of the hard work I do, also considering all of my organization skills and expertise.

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Experience Affects Fashion Designer Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Fashion Designer Salaries

Technical Specification
up arrow 18%

Product Development
up arrow 7%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Illustration
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$59,000

Technical Garment Knowledge
up arrow 3%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 11%


Merchandising
up arrow 14%

Sewing
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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