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Career Profile: Models

Model garments or other apparel and accessories for prospective buyers at fashion shows, private showings, or retail establishments. May pose for photos to be used in magazines or advertisements. May pose as subject for paintings, sculptures, and other types of artistic expression.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 2,700 people employed as models in the United States. The median annual salary is $31,900. Entry level employees earn approximately $24,970 per year and senior employees earn approximately $124,730 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Pose for artists and photographers, with or without clothes.
  • Record rates of pay and durations of jobs on vouchers.
  • Gather information from agents concerning the pay, dates, times, provisions, and lengths of jobs.
  • Report job completions to agencies and obtain information about future appointments.
  • Assemble and maintain portfolios, print composite cards, and travel to go-sees to obtain jobs.
  • Pose as directed, or strike suitable interpretive poses for promoting and selling merchandise or fashions during appearances, filming, or photo sessions.
  • Promote products and services in television commercials, on film, or in videos.
  • Make many quick changes backstage during fashion shows and yet maintain poised appearance before audiences.
  • Follow strict routines of diet, sleep, and exercise to maintain appearance.
  • Apply makeup to face and style hair to enhance appearance, considering such factors as color, camera techniques, and facial features.
  • Work closely with photographers, fashion coordinators, directors, producers, stylists, make-up artists, other models, and clients to produce the desired looks, and to finish photo shoots on schedule.
  • Wear character costumes and impersonate characters portrayed to amuse children and adults.
  • Stand, turn, and walk to demonstrate features of garments for observers at fashion shows, private showings, and retail establishments.
  • Dress in sample or completed garments, and select accessories.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
2,700
Annual Openings:
500
Increase in Openings by 2030:
11%
Annual Salary Range:
$24,970 - $124,730
Education Requirements:
Some high school