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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.

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.


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


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


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

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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


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