How Much Do Fashion Designers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Fashion Designers

Fashion Designers design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$87210 per year
Hourly wage
$42 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$38,570 to $54,470 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$19 to $26 per hour

Entry-level Fashion Designers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $38,570 to $54,470 per year or $19 to $26 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Fashion Designers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $70 $146,300
Senior (Top 25%) $49 $101,700
Middle (Mid 50%) $36 $75,810
Junior (Bottom 25%) $26 $54,470
No experience (Bottom 10%) $19 $38,570

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $47 $97,270
NY $44 $91,690
VT $44 $90,640
NH $41 $84,990
MA $41 $84,480
OR $40 $83,360
PR $39 $81,010
TN $38 $78,820
WA $38 $78,710
NC $38 $78,230

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Fashion Designer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Fashion Designers are in the states of CA, NY, VT, NH and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $110780 $53.26
Specialized Design Services $109320 $52.56
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing $91550 $44.01
Motion Picture and Video Industries $90790 $43.65
Management of Companies and Enterprises $89120 $42.84
Employment Services $88830 $42.71
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $85260 $40.99
Clothing Stores $82010 $39.43
Apparel Knitting Mills $79840 $38.39
General Merchandise Stores $76640 $36.85
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $76110 $36.59
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $73540 $35.36
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $68970 $33.16
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $64520 $31.02
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing $60160 $28.92
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing $59260 $28.49
Performing Arts Companies $57620 $27.70
Rental and Leasing Services $55170 $26.53
Elementary and Secondary Schools $47980 $23.07
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $41270 $19.84
Other Schools and Instruction $40210 $19.33

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