Models Salary Information

The salary statistics of models are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of models within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The models 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. Models Salary in the United States

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 models. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) models is $52,390. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,240. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 203% 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 models from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Table 2. Models Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of models in 6 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 models occupations is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector with an annual salary $56,310. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $19,490).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Educational Services
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Retail Trade

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Models by States

From the above tables we note that not only models 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 models in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,190 to $42,280. The highest paying state for models is California with a median annual salary of $42,280. The lowest paying state is Texas with a median annual salary of $18,190. For more salary information of models profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York


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Highest paying industries for models.