How Much Do Models Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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


Models model garments or other apparel and accessories for prospective buyers at fashion shows, private showings, or retail establishments. May pose for photos to be used in magazines or advertisements. May pose as subject for paintings, sculptures, and other types of artistic expression.

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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
$54050 per year
Hourly wage
$26 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$24,970 to $25,660 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $12 per hour

Entry-level Models with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $24,970 to $25,660 per year or $12 to $12 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Models 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%) $60 $124,730
Senior (Top 25%) $23 $48,730
Middle (Mid 50%) $15 $31,910
Junior (Bottom 25%) $12 $25,660
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $24,970

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MD $20 $42,460
TX $17 $36,230
IL $16 $32,610
IA $13 $27,440
AZ $13 $26,350
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Another simple way to increase your salary as a Model is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MD doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MD might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Models are in the states of MD, TX, IL, IA and AZ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $111330 $53.52
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $41730 $20.06
Junior Colleges $40680 $19.56
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $36370 $17.49
Specialized Design Services $30210 $14.52
Clothing Stores $25480 $12.25
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $ $*

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