Fashion designers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
27.3k
Average Age
38.4
Estimated Job Growth
−4.59%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$56,322
Average Male Salary
$76,171
Average Female Salary
$52,257

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Fashion designers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Specialized design services is the industry that employs the most Fashion designers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Fashion designers, by average wage, is Not specified retail trade. Fashion designers are paid most in Sunnyside & Woodside PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$56,322
AVERAGE SALARY
± $10,112

In 2020, Fashion designers earned an average of $56,322, $368 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Industrial & refractory machinery mechanics make somewhat more than Fashion designers while Statistical assistants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Fashion designers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.447
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Fashion designers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.447, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Fashion designers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Fashion designers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Fashion designers.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Fashion designers, by average wage, are Not specified retail trade, Amusement & Recreation, and Broadcasting (except internet).

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Industries by Share

27.3k
2020 Workforce
± 4,053
5.3%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 20.2%

The number of people employed as Fashion designers has been growing at a rate of 5.3%, from 25,889 people in 2019 to 27,260 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Fashion designers employed by various industries. Specialized design services employs the largest share of Fashion designers at  23.7%, followed by Clothing stores with 17.4% and Cut and sew, and apparel accessories and other apparel manufacturing with 8.29%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Fashion designers in the US. The average age of male Fashion designers in the workforce is 40.7 and of female Fashion designers is 37.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Fashion designers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

4.63k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 1,671
22.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,693

83% of Fashion designers are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Fashion designers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Fashion designers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

64.3% of Fashion designers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.9% of Fashion designers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Fashion designers.

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Age by Sex

40.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 4.58
37.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.25

The median age of Fashion designers is 38.4, and Male employees are generally 2.84 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Fashion designers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Fashion designers is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Fashion designers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Fashion Designers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Fashion Designers are expected to see a growth of −4.59% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−4.59%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Fashion Designers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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