Survey reveals how much fashion jobs pay in the US
By Marjorie van Elven
Jan 16, 2020
Do you dream of becoming a fashion designer? Then you can expect to earn an average of 51,000 to 75,000 US dollars. A buyer? Then you’ll probably be taking home between 26,000 and 50,000 US dollars. Perhaps you’d like to be an influencer, in which case you’ll have to work several years to hit the six-figure mark: social media stars with up to two years of experience are earning an average of 38,000 dollars annually, while those who have been working for over a decade get about 147,000 US dollars per year. That’s per a survey of 2,000 American fashion professionals released this week by the website Fashionista in partnership with Verishop, the fashion webshop launched last year by former Amazon and Snapchat executives.
How much fashion jobs pay in the United States
The research also revealed that over 30 percent of surveyors holding a styling position earn less than 25,000 US dollars a year. The majority of styling professionals (47.5 percent) have moved up to positions paying up to 50,000 US dollars. Those earning more than that form a minority: just over 5 percent of the stylists surveyed have a six-figure salary.
The same goes for publicity jobs: more than 50 percent of respondents holding positions in this area earn less than 25,000 US dollars. It is possible to climb the career ladder, though, as 33 percent earn between 26,000 and 50,000; 28 percent are paid between 51,000 and 75,000; and over 20 percent have crossed the six-figure barrier, earning up to 250,000 US dollars annually.
For those interested in working with marketing and advertising in the fashion industry, bear in mind you will probably not be earning a six-figure salary before you reach 15 years of experience. Starters with 0-2 years of experience earn up to 51,000 US dollars, with 28 percent of respondents saying they haven’t hit the 50,000 US dollar-mark yet.
Things look a bit rosier for those in product development and supply chain positions, where 17 percent of respondents said to earn over 100,000 US dollars per year. Most of them (31.6 percent), however, are getting between 51,000 and 75,000 US dollars.
Editorial positions are also the dream of many. According to the survey, 35 percent of respondents working in print fashion publications earn between 51,000 and 75,000 US dollars annually, with writers taking home some 50,000 US dollars a year and editors-in-chief earning an average of 103,000 US dollars. Online news outlets follow the same pattern, with 44 percent of surveyors reporting they earn between 51,000 and 75,000 US dollars. Editors-in-chief working for online publications tend to get a little bit less than their counterparts working for print, though: 77,500 US dollars on average.
25 percent of those surveyed work in buying and sales positions, followed by publicity professionals (14 percent) and marketing professionals (13 percent). Most respondents have between three and six years of experience. 25 percent of them are currently working for very small private companies, but employees of large businesses and Fortune 500 corporations were also represented, with 15 percent and 12 percent of respondents, respectively.