Fashion Designers Salary Information

The salary statistics of fashion designers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of fashion designers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The fashion designers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Fashion Designers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,910
25th Percentile Wage
$46,650
50th Percentile Wage
$67,420
75th Percentile Wage
$97,290
90th Percentile Wage
$135,490

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fashion designers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) fashion designers is $135,490. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $67,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,910. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 299% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$67,420
3.34% 6.76%
2016
$65,170
2.30% -
2015
$63,670
-0.57% -
2014
$64,030
0.42% -
2013
$63,760
1.41% -
2012
$62,860
- -

Table 2. Fashion Designers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of fashion designers in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for fashion designers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $81,640. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $45,960).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$81,640
Information
$75,430
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,770
Wholesale Trade
$65,290
Manufacturing
$63,520
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,670
Retail Trade
$53,470
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,340
Educational Services
$45,960

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Fashion Designers by States

From the above tables we note that not only fashion designers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of fashion designers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $30,090 to $84,930. The highest paying state for fashion designers is Georgia with a median annual salary of $84,930. The lowest paying state is Arizona with a median annual salary of $30,090. For more salary information of fashion designers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Georgia
$84,930
New York
$78,770
Massachusetts
$75,360
Oregon
$70,020
Maine
$69,860
Louisiana
$67,700
Connecticut
$67,100
Vermont
$66,810
California
$66,220
Utah
$65,830
Illinois
$64,700
New Hampshire
$61,910
Washington
$61,740
Ohio
$60,770
Indiana
$59,710
North Carolina
$58,720
Kansas
$58,690
New Mexico
$57,760
Tennessee
$56,800
Arkansas
$56,110
Kentucky
$56,010
Pennsylvania
$54,140
New Jersey
$53,210
Michigan
$53,170
Idaho
$52,490
Texas
$51,700
Colorado
$51,540
Minnesota
$50,710
Wisconsin
$49,500
Florida
$48,720
South Carolina
$47,190
Alabama
$46,530
Maryland
$41,710
Virginia
$41,260
Hawaii
$41,230
Missouri
$33,320
Arizona
$30,090



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