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Find Out What Fashion Jobs Really Pay in 2018

Our annual salary survey results are in, and we made a fancy PDF.
Paris street style. Photo: Imaxtree

Paris street style. Photo: Imaxtree

Ever wondered how much money people who work in fashion really make? Or what other people in your field make on average? Well, you're in luck: The results are in from our 2018 salary survey.

At the beginning of the year, nearly 3,000 people who work in fashion filled out our anonymous survey with details about their titles, companies, gender, location, years of experience and, of course, salaries. They spanned areas including design, styling, retail, PR, development, marketing, photo, editorial and advertising at companies like Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Condé Nast, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, as well as smaller firms with under 25 employees. 

We had respondents with one year of experience in the industry and respondents with over 20; people who make under $25,000 per year and (very few) people who make over $500,000.

In addition to showing what select fashion jobs pay on average, our results show a few overarching trends. The majority of our respondents had under 10 years of experience and made in the mid-five figures, but those numbers began to increase significantly with more experienced respondents. Company size also had an impact, with employees at public companies making more than those at private ones in most cases.

And broadly, certain fields were shown to be more lucrative than others: For instance, design, retail and PR had the largest percentages of over-$100K salaries, while design and styling had the most over-$200K salaries. In editorial, while an entry-level assistant editor made an average of $35,800, the mean salary for an editor-in-chief was $264K.

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Below you'll see the average salaries for several common fashion job titles for which we had a strong number of respondents, but since we had so much info, we compiled all of our findings into an in-depth PDF that you can download for free here. You'll find pretty charts, graphs and percentages showing how things like experience level, location, company size and gender factored into salary. (Yes, the mean salary for men was higher, though less than 10 percent of our respondents were men.) We hope it's helpful!


Assistant designer: $46,910
Designer: $83,500
Creative director: $130,000

Marketing/Social Media

Marketing manager: $65,650
Social media Manager: $62,600

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Assistant publicist: $65,710
VP: $142,670

Assistant editor: $35,800
Editor-in-chief: $264,000

Digital editorial

Writer: $58,540
Senior editor: $58,390

Graphic Design/Photo

Graphic designer: $43,690
Photo editor: $77,230


Bookings editor: $168,500
Account executive: $80,640


Assistant stylist: $49,760
Stylist: $79,380


Merchandiser: $61,000
Assistant Buyer: $46,680

Product development/supply chain

Development assistant: $36,930
Product manager: $72,440

Download the PDF here.

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