Most costume designers list "costumes," "make-up," and "costume shop" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important costume designer responsibilities here:
Before becoming a costume designer, 71.7% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 7.7% costume designers went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most costume designers have a college degree. But about one out of every eight costume designers didn't attend college at all.
Those costume designers who do attend college, typically earn either graphic design degrees or theatre degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for costume designers include fine arts degrees or specialized sales and merchandising degrees.
When you're ready to become a costume designer, you might wonder which companies hire costume designers. According to our research through costume designer resumes, costume designers are mostly hired by The Walt Disney Company, Deerfield Park District, and South Washington County Schools. Now is a good time to apply as The Walt Disney Company has 2 costume designers job openings, and there are 1 at Deerfield Park District and 1 at South Washington County Schools.
Since salary is important to some costume designers, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Poly Prep Country Day School, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Frostburg State University. If you were to take a closer look at Poly Prep Country Day School, you'd find that the average costume designer salary is $70,640. Then at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, costume designers receive an average salary of $63,786, while the salary at Frostburg State University is $55,879.
We also looked into companies who hire costume designers from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Room & Board, Abercrombie & Fitch Co, and Minted.
In general, costume designers fulfill roles in the education and government industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the costume designer annual salary is the highest in the professional industry with $61,415 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the education and health care industries pay $54,887 and $53,827 respectively. This means that costume designers who are employed in the professional industry make 62.4% more than costume designers who work in the media Industry.