How Much Fashion Jobs Really Pay: 2014 Edition

Welcome to our annual salary survey! Here, you'll find the average salaries for more than 40 fashion-industry jobs, based on answers from over 5,000 'Fashionista' readers.
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Welcome to our annual salary survey! Here, you'll find the average salaries for more than 40 fashion-industry jobs, based on answers from over 5,000 'Fashionista' readers.
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Want to know how much your dream job pays? Fashionista's second annual salary survey can offer you some guidance on that question, and also give you a sense of what you might make at every step in your career. We surveyed more than 5,000 Fashionista readers about their jobs: what they do, where they work, and yes, how much they get paid. Categories, which are purposefully broad, include retail/sales/e-commerce, marketing, publicity, design, social media, editorial and creative. Employees from some pretty major brands -- like Vogue, Marc Jacobs and Prada -- participated, so we're confident that these numbers are evident of what's really happening in the industry when it comes to pay. One thing that's important to remember: the salaries listed reflect an average. So use them as a guide, not the be-all, end-all.

Retail/Sales/E-Commerce

Assistant Buyer: $40,580
Visual Merchandiser: $51,340
Associate Buyer: $60,430
Store Manager: $59,910
Merchandiser: $67,640
Buyer: $84,950
Fashion Director: $119,850

Editorial

Assistant Market Editor: $25,000
Editorial Assistant: $34,550
Assistant Editor: $39,140
Copy Editor: $40,600
Associate Editor: $43,780 
Blogger: $45,430
Editor: $50,680
Writer: $58,620
Senior Market Editor: $67,000 
Managing Editor: $76,920
Senior Editor: $90,700
Researcher: $107,570
Editor at Large: $132,700
Director-Level Editor: $145,170
Editor in Chief: $242,250

Creative

Assistant Graphic Designer: $44,800
Assistant Photo Editor: $46,500
Graphic Designer: $62,240
Senior Photo Editor: $63,750
Bookings Director: $121,140
Stylist: $121,920
Photo Director: $161,500

Design

Associate Designer: $51,840
Technical Designer: $87,370
Senior Designer: $89,600
Designer: $127,260
Design Director: $177,560

Public Relations

Assistant Publicist: $45,410
Associate Publicist: $50,600
Publicist: $78,350
Senior Publicist: $75,830
Publicity Director: $95,560
VP Publicity: $159,290

Marketing

Associate Marketing Manager: $53,460 
Marketing Manager: $74,580 
Senior Marketing Manager: $106,750 
Marketing Director: $120,490 
Chief Marketing Officer: $204,500

Social Media

Social Media Manager: $60,380
Senior Social Media Manager: $123,810