Fashion Designer Salary

Fashion Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $61K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Fashion Designers is high. There are far more female Fashion Designers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by over one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,626 - $96,323
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$61K
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MEDIAN: $61,444
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$10.16 - $49.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,626 - $96,323  
   
Bonus
$700 - $10,254  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$32,131 - $98,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 818
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $49.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.83  
Overtime
$5.14 - $73.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$700 - $10,254  
   
Commission
$9,887  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$32,131 - $98,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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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

  • 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.
  • Follow fashion trends by researching customer preferences, attending fashion shows, and reading fashion publications.
  • Develop design ideas based on targeted demographic and preferences of management or clients.
  • Supervise assistants creating patterns and producing samples of articles of clothing.

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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 $92K per year. Going from Fashion Designer to Senior Fashion Designer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $88K. Many others choose to work as Apparel Technical Designers, where pay is typically $53K.

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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 report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Fabric/Textiles, Product Development, and Illustration are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 15 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Merchandising and Microsoft Outlook also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Adobe Illustrator tend to be well versed in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Fashion Designer

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


For many Fashion Designers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $67K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fashion Designers make a median salary of $75K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $85K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,218

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

For Fashion Designers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Fashion Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+11 percent) and Boston (+6 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Fashion Designer's salary, with Miami Fashion Designers earning salaries that are 34 percent less than the national average. Employers in Nashville and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (32 percent lower and 25 percent lower, respectively).

Fashion Designer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Fashion Designer

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Fashion Designer Salaries

▲41%

▲25%

▲12%

National Average
$60,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect Fashion Designer Salaries

Fabric/Textiles
▲25%


Illustration
▲10%



▲3%



National Average
$60,000



▼4%


Microsoft Outlook
▼15%

Merchandising
▼15%

Microsoft Office
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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