A Fashion Designer earns an average salary of $61,635 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Fabric/Textiles and Adobe InDesign.
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$35,960 - $95,895
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$36K
$62K
$96K
MEDIAN: $61,634
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$10.23 - $49.76
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,960 - $95,895  
   
Bonus
$598 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
Commission
$9,887  
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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$33,159 - $98,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 798
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $49.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.00  
Overtime
$4.94 - $75.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$598 - $10,304  
   
Commission
$9,887  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$33,159 - $98,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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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.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,484

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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
$60,000


Skills That Affect Fashion Designer Salaries

Fabric/Textiles
up arrow 24%



Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 3%

Illustration
up arrow 2%

National Average
$60,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

up arrow 6%


Product Development
up arrow 9%

Technical Garment Knowledge
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 16%

Merchandising
up arrow 16%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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