Fashion Designers Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

The salary statistics of fashion designers in the industry sector of retail trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare fashion designers salaries in different industries within the retail trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Fashion Designers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fashion designers in the industry sector of retail trade. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) fashion designers is $104,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,470. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid fashion designers is $24,630.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of fashion designers in the industry sector of retail trade from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
6.25% -14.03%
4.43% -
-17.62% -
-8.96% -
0.70% -
- -

Compare Fashion Designers Salary in Different Industries within the Retail Trade Sector

The average salaries of fashion designers in seven industries in the retail trade sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for fashion designers occupations is the clothing stores industry with an annual salary $69,560. The lowest paying industry is the sporting goods, hobby, and musical instrument stores industry (annual salary $35,330). For detailed fashion designers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Clothing Stores
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores
Nonstore Retailers
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
General Merchandise Stores
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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