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The Annual Salary for a Fashion Show Producer

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Fashion show producers manage the planning, funding and execution of fashion shows. They work in one of the most cutthroat entertainment-related industries and must always be on their toes. They work closely with fashion designers, marketing personnel, models and agents. It often takes years to become a successful fashion show producer, but the rewards can be very fulfilling. The annual salary for fashion show producers depends on their level of experience, the amount of shows they produce per year and other factors.

Salary Basics

The average annual salary for fashion show producers, taking into account those just starting out as well as big-name industry veterans, is $66,720, according to Inside Jobs. Salaries vary substantially, ranging from around $43,000 a year to well over $100,000. Salary types also vary, though most fashion show producers work under contract jobs, rather than as hourly or salaried employees. To get paid in full, they must successfully complete all of the stipulations outlined in the contract they sign. Contract job producers can increase their salary by producing multiple shows per year.

Education and Skills

There is no one route to becoming a fashion show producer. Most producers have at least a bachelor’s degree in fashion, design, marketing, production or related field; many even have a Master’s degree in one or more of these areas. Previous work experience is essential and many begin their careers as interns for fashion or design companies. Previous work in event planning and public relations is also recommended, according to Inside Jobs. Outstanding networking and social skills are also required.

Job Duties

Fashion show producers must handle a wide range of duties when planning their next big show. Their job combines both the entertainment and business side of fashion. They often spend hours on the phone everyday, coordinating important aspect of the show such as securing a venue, hiring event personnel, choosing designers, selecting models and so forth. They often work under high pressure and must know how to respond quickly to catastrophes.

Career Advancement

Fashion show producers can advance in their career by demonstrating they have what it takes to produce successful shows. They may start out small, producing minor charity shows or trunk shows. Slowly they can work their way up to the big time, producing shows with top fashion companies and models from around the world. This requires tremendous perseverance. Jobs in fashion industry are expected to remain steady in coming years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a one percent growth between 2008 and 2018.


Charlie Higgins is journalist, editor and translator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has written for a variety of lifestyle and niche market websites, including International Food Trader, The Olive Oil Times, microDINERO, Sounds and Colours, Connecting Worlds and The Buenos Aires Reader.