The average salary for a Mid-Career Fashion Designer is $68,526.
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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 …Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Fashion Designer
The top respondents for the job title Fashion Designer are from the companies G-Iii Apparel Group, Renfro Corporation and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp where the average pay is $79,020. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Lane Bryant, Inc and Renfro Corporation, earning around $72,726 and $70,274, respectively. Pendleton Woolen Mills, Inc. pays the lowest at around $56,192. Steve Madden, Ltd. and G-Iii Apparel Group also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $60,000 and $63,585, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Fashion Designer
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Skills in Design, Adobe Illustrator, Product Development and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop.
Pay by Experience Level for Fashion Designer
An entry-level Fashion Designer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $45,677 based on 61 salaries. An early career Fashion Designer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,181 based on 561 salaries. An experienced Fashion Designer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $82,353 based on 382 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $91,389.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Fashion Designer in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 15.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (10.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Portland, Oregon (17.8% less), Dallas, Texas (11.7% less) and Columbus, Ohio (11.1% less).
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