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Fashion Designer Salary (United States)

A Fashion Designer earns an average salary of $58,278 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. A skill in Technical Specification is associated with high pay for this job.
Fashion Designer Salary (?
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$36,376 - $91,602
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MEDIAN: $58,277
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Fashion Designer Salary (?
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$10.22 - $45.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,376 - $91,602  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,188  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $10,137  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$34,255 - $97,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 981
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $45.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,188  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $10,137  
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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$34,255 - $97,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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Job Description for Fashion Designer

A Fashion Designer is a person who comes up with the creative ideas behind clothing and/or accessories. Fashion Designers are the ones who work up renderings and hold the overall vision of what the completed work should be. Fashion Designers usually have a degree in Design, and though the Designer is not usually the one who constructs the final pieces, a Fashion Designer almost always has been educated on how clothing/accessories are physically constructed. Without this knowledge, a Fashion Designer could not obtain a realistic view of what they want to design. Designs are traditionally started by the hand of the Designer via watercolor renderings, but more recently it has become essential for a Fashion Designer to have a strong knowledge of Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and other computer software so that their designs can be transported in the digital world. It is essential for a Fashion Designer to know the market for which they wish to design. For example, commercial lingerie requires a more specific, customer-oriented mentality as opposed to the more open-minded and competitive world of high fashion dresses. When working with a company, it is also important for a Fashion Designer to be able to estimate how much it would cost to produce their product. They need to make sure that enough people will be interested in buying their clothing/accessories so that the company they are working for does not lose any money in the manufacturing process. As with most important jobs, a Fashion Designer needs to know how to keep up with deadlines, and a strong portfolio is a must.
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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Pay by Experience Level for Fashion Designer

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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$58,000
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Experience Affects Fashion Designer Salaries

National Average
$58,000

Skills That Affect Fashion Designer Salaries

Technical Specification
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$58,000
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%
Illustration
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 22%