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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Fashion Designers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,740
25th Percentile Wage
$46,020
50th Percentile Wage
$65,170
75th Percentile Wage
$92,550
90th Percentile Wage
$130,050

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 $130,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $65,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,740. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 285% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of fashion designers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201665,1702.30%3.54%
201563,670-0.57%-
201464,0300.42%-
201363,7601.41%-
201262,860--

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 information sector with an annual salary $79,360. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $44,900).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$79,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$76,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$66,710
Manufacturing
$64,740
Wholesale Trade
$62,910
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$54,530
Retail Trade
$50,130
Educational Services
$45,380
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,900

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
Massachusetts
$79,600
New York
$71,220
Ohio
$69,970
California
$66,820
Vermont
$66,810
Indiana
$66,220
Utah
$65,830
Maine
$63,300
New Hampshire
$61,910
Washington
$61,800
Colorado
$61,170
Kansas
$56,420
Arkansas
$56,110
New Jersey
$53,870
North Carolina
$53,090
Minnesota
$52,780
Pennsylvania
$52,140
Florida
$51,930
Oregon
$49,720
Texas
$49,720
Wisconsin
$49,500
South Carolina
$47,190
Alabama
$46,530
Maryland
$41,710
Virginia
$41,260
Missouri
$33,320
Arizona
$30,090


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