Fashion Designer Salary

Fashion Designers in the United States take home approximately $62K per year on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. Female Fashion Designers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Fashion Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,002 - $99,514
$37K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,822
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$10.23 - $44.34
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$0$101K
Salary $37,002 - $99,514
Bonus $968 - $10,330
Profit Sharing $0.21 - $6,851
Commission $8,500
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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$32,443 - $101,867
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 892
Hourly Data $0$99
Hourly Rate $10.23 - $44.34
Hourly Tips $2.08
Overtime $5.07 - $99.33
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $968 - $10,330
Commission $8,500
Profit Sharing $0.21 - $6,851
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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$32,443 - $101,867
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 175

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.

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 $92K per year. The most common promotion for Fashion Designers is Senior Fashion Designer, a position that typically pays $88K annually. Another standard transition for Fashion Designers seeking advancement is to assume an Apparel Technical Designer role, where pay is often $53K.

Fashion Designer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Fashion Designer


For Fashion Designers, comfortable salaries can be found at JCPenney; in fact, median earnings sit around $82K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Fashion Designer


Survey results imply that Fashion Designers deploy 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 24 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 proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Fashion Designer

Pay by Experience for a Fashion Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Fashion Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 475 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fashion Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 414 salaries. An experienced Fashion Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 246 salaries. A Fashion Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 67 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,268

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

Home to some of the best pay for Fashion Designers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Fashion Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+10 percent) and Boston (+5 percent). Fashion Designers in Miami take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 34 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 32 percent less in Nashville and 26 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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.

Fashion Designer in Nashua:
"GHood."
Pros: Everyrthing.
Cons: Stress is horrible if you know what I mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1.

Fashion Designer in Los Angeles:
"Not so glamorous."
Pros: The people, the environment, and the creativity, flexibility.
Cons: The lack of organization, stress levels.

Fashion Designer in Los Angeles:
"Very fast paced industry."
Pros: I love being able to do what I love and create.
Cons: Stressful.

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Key Stats for Fashion Designer

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Fashion Designer Salaries

▲39%

▲23%

▲10%

National Average
$61,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Fashion Designer Salaries

Fabric/Textiles
▲22%


Illustration
▲9%




▲1%


National Average
$61,000



▼6%


Microsoft Outlook
▼17%

Merchandising
▼17%

Microsoft Office
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 25%