How Much Does A Costume Designer Make?

A career as a costume designer provides one with the opportunity to combine love for fashion and the passion for theater. Creating costumes for movies and theatrical productions requires not only skill and artistry but also dedication and passion for the job. The salary is not the main motivation for one to work in this career since entry-level jobs don’t pay a lot. The potential to earn more exists as you gain more experience.

Average Costume Designer Annual Salary

$50,470

The average annual salary for costume designers is $50,470 a year. Salaries start at $20,820 a year and go up to $87,310 a year.

Average Costume Designer Hourly Wage

$24.27

The average hourly wage for a costume designer is $24.27. Hourly wages were between $10.01 and $41.97 an hour.

Stats were based out of 6,640 employed costume designers in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Costume Designer

$87,310/year $41.97/hour

(Top 10% of Costume Designers)


Senior Costume Designer

$66,120/year $31.79/hour

(Top 25% of Costume Designers)


Mid Level Costume Designer

$45,900/year $22.07/hour

(Median)


Junior Costume Designer

$29,940/year $14.39/hour

(Bottom 25% of Costume Designers)


Entry Level Costume Designer

$20,820/year $10.01/hour

(Bottom 10% of Costume Designers)


Costume Designer Average Salary Comparison

Costume Attendants
$50k / year
$24 / hour
Gaming Service Workers, All Other
$28k / year
$13 / hour
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
$25k / year
$12 / hour
Motion Picture Projectionists
$24k / year
$11 / hour
Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
$24k / year
$11 / hour
Entertainment Attendants and Related Workers, All Other
$24k / year
$11 / hour
Amusement and Recreation Attendants
$22k / year
$10 / hour
Gaming Dealers
$21k / year
$10 / hour
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
$21k / year
$10 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Costume Designers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Costume Designers

Costume Designer Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 New York $33.69 $70,070
#2 Kentucky $27.48 $57,160
#3 California $27.06 $56,290
#4 Nevada $25.85 $53,760
#5 North Carolina $24.12 $50,170
#6 Louisiana $23.62 $49,130
#7 Pennsylvania $22.21 $46,200
#8 Michigan $21.87 $45,480
#9 Georgia $21.01 $43,700
#10 Connecticut $20.82 $43,310
#11 Massachusetts $20.62 $42,900
#12 Washington $20.35 $42,340
#13 Tennessee $20.13 $41,870
#14 Maryland $19.49 $40,550
#15 Texas $19.48 $40,520
#16 District of Columbia $18.30 $38,070
#17 Minnesota $18.29 $38,050
#18 Oklahoma $18.16 $37,770
#19 Missouri $17.78 $36,980
#20 Illinois $17.72 $36,850
#21 Florida $17.67 $36,750
#22 Ohio $16.54 $34,400
#23 New Jersey $16.38 $34,080
#24 Indiana $16.38 $34,060
#25 Arizona $15.94 $33,150
#26 Utah $14.90 $30,990
#27 Virginia $12.01 $24,990
#28 Oregon $11.53 $23,990

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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