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Fashion Designers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for fashion designers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of fashion designers among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Fashion Designers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,930
25th Percentile Wage
$44,070
50th Percentile Wage
$66,220
75th Percentile Wage
$96,650
90th Percentile Wage
$135,160

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fashion designers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $135,160. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $66,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,930.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of fashion designers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$66,220
-0.91% 3.91%
2016
$66,820
2.63% -
2015
$65,060
-1.94% -
2014
$66,320
2.34% -
2013
$64,770
1.76% -
2012
$63,630
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Fashion Designers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of fashion designers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of fashion designers in state of California ranges from $47,850 to $82,830. The highest paying area for fashion designers in California is Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura with a median annual salary of $82,830. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward (mean annual salary $69,440). The lowest paying area is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $47,850.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$82,830
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$69,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$68,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$66,630
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$64,100
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$62,600
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$60,210
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$59,250
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$48,990
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$47,850




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