This is a heads up for students and starry-eyed teenagers stumbling on this site who think that fashion designers earn the big bucks. In this morning’s Morning Edition from National Public Radio comes this story, Some Glamour Jobs Simply Don’t Pay
The results of a survey conducted by Salary.com -a wage data firm- show that some of the jobs people think are most glamorous, actually don’t pay very well. Where can the real money be found?
According to Salary.com, the median salary for a fashion designer is barely $40,000. As I’ve always said, pattern makers -who’s job is far less glamorous- make more. I can only imagine that a pattern maker would laugh out loud if offered a designer’s salary (even 15 years ago, the median salary for pattern making was at least $45,000). So, to those starry-eyed hopefuls -if you want to make serious money in fashion- the only way to do it is to run your own company.
From the story page on NPR, you can click on a link to play the What People Earn game at Parade Magazine’s site (my score was $640).