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Fashion Designers in California

Want to work in California as a Fashion Designer? Read this first!

3.7% Jobs Projection
$78,680 Median Salary
780 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Fashion Designers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Fashion Designers in California is growing slower than average.

  • Fashion Designers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Fashion Designers Work in California?

In 2018, there were 6,480 Fashion Designers working in the state.

There were 6,540 Fashion Designers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 60 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Fashion Designers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 110 Fashion Designers working in it, which means California has more Fashion Designers than average.

Fashion Designers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Fashion Designers in this state are growing at a rate of 3.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 2.5%.

Job Projections for Fashion Designers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 780 annual Fashion Designers job openings in California, and 8,400 total jobs in the year 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 2,300 annual jobs and 24,400 total jobs in 2026.

What do Fashion Designers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Fashion Designers ranged from $34,810 to $186,630 with $78,680 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $16.73 to $89.73. The median hourly rate was $37.83.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $31.84 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $5.99.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Fashion Designers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Fashion Designers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Fashion Designers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,350 $77,950
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 500 $85,060
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 150 $67,080
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 130 $92,120
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 130 n/a
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 $62,260

Top States for Fashion Designers Employment

View the list below to see where most Fashion Designers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
New York 7,550 $79,110
California 6,480 $78,680
Florida 540 $48,750
Oregon 500 $67,810
Washington 500 $61,340
Massachusetts 460 $70,770
Georgia 460 $66,500
New Jersey 290 $59,470
Michigan 210 $57,710
Texas 200 $66,110
North Carolina 190 $67,200
Wisconsin 170 $39,040
Colorado 120 $61,440
Tennessee 110 $0
Missouri 110 $0
Maine 100 $72,940
Kansas 90 $52,680
New Hampshire 80 $0
Utah 80 $36,680
Indiana 70 $0

Below are the states where Fashion Designers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
New York $79,110
California $78,680
Alabama $73,730
Maine $72,940
Massachusetts $70,770
Oregon $67,810
North Carolina $67,200
Connecticut $67,070
Georgia $66,500
Texas $66,110

You may also be interested in the following careers:

Occupation CA Employment Total
Graphic Designers 29,320
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers 16,780
Interior Designers 8,460
Floral Designers 4,510
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4,090
Set and Exhibit Designers 2,650


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