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Highest Paying Industries for Fashion Designers

The top 44 highest paying industries for fashion designers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $80,470, management of companies and enterprises is the highest paying industry for fashion designers. It is followed by clothing stores industry (average annual salary $69,560). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of fashion designers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 44 Highest Paying Industries for Fashion Designers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$80,470
2,370
2 Clothing Stores
$69,560
n/a
3 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
$68,930
n/a
4 Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$68,110
2,840
5 Apparel Manufacturing
$67,080
3,010
6 Temporary Help Services
$66,600
340
7 Manufacturing
$66,430
3,330
8 Employment Services
$66,200
350
9 Administrative and Support Services
$66,200
350
10 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$66,200
350
11 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$65,570
n/a
12 Footwear Manufacturing
$65,240
n/a
13 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$63,430
30
14 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$63,430
30
15 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$62,120
7,320
16 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$62,050
7,590
17 Wholesale Trade
$61,860
8,140
18 Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
$60,390
230
19 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$60,100
450
20 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$59,430
270
21 Apparel Knitting Mills
$58,220
40
22 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,540
1,540
23 Specialized Design Services
$57,020
1,430
24 Retail Trade
$56,350
420
25 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$55,510
100
26 Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$55,180
100
27 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$53,830
n/a
28 Other Schools and Instruction
$53,830
n/a
29 Educational Services - Privately owned
$52,410
150
30 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$52,080
80
31 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$51,570
260
32 Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
$51,430
100
33 Nonstore Retailers
$51,080
260
34 Educational Services
$45,930
220
35 Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing
$44,660
120
36 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$43,100
140
37 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$39,770
330
38 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$38,450
290
39 Performing Arts Companies
$38,230
260
40 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$37,310
230
41 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$37,160
90
42 State government, including schools and hospitals
$32,370
60
43 Educational Services - State government owned
$32,100
60
44 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$32,040
60
See also: Highest paying cities for fashion designers.