Model earnings by seniority

90th percentile

Top-level model earnings begin at:

$59.97 per hour

$124,730 per year

75th percentile

Senior-level model earnings begin at:

$23.43 per hour

$48,730 per year

50th percentile

Mid-level model earnings begin at:

$15.34 per hour

$31,910 per year

25th percentile

Junior-level model earnings begin at:

$12.33 per hour

$25,660 per year

10th percentile

Starting level model earnings begin at:

$12.00 per hour

$24,970 per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Model salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Pennsylvania $99,667
New Jersey $52,540
Ohio $45,660
Texas $38,930
Oregon $37,600
Wisconsin $37,590
California $37,380
Florida $35,680
Maryland $34,740
New York $34,720
Washington $34,000
Idaho $31,200
Illinois $29,610
Virginia $27,000
Arizona $26,050
Massachusetts $23,770
Tennessee $18,450
Iowa $18,200

How do model salaries compare to similar careers?

Models earn 15% more than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than fashion designers but more than sewers.

Career Median Salary
Fashion designer salary $76K
Model salary $32K
Esthetician salary $37K
Tailor salary $33K
Hairdresser salary $27K
Sewer salary $30K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)