Costume Attendants
SOC: 39-3092.00

Description:

Select, fit, and take care of costumes for cast members, and aid entertainers. May assist with multiple costume changes during performances.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
6,200 employed

Projected (2024):
6,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Clothing Supervisor
  • Costume Cutter
  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Draper
  • Costume Dresser
  • Costume Mistress
  • Costume Seamstress
  • Costume Shop Coordinator
  • Costume Shop Manager
  • Costume Specialist
  • Costumer
  • Costumer Assistant
  • Costuming Supervisor
  • Dresser
  • Item Repair Manager
  • Theatrical Wardrobe Attendant
  • Theatrical Wardrobe Dresser
  • Wardrobe Assistant
  • Wardrobe Attendant
  • Wardrobe Custodian
  • Wardrobe Dresser
  • Wardrobe Manager
  • Wardrobe Mistress
  • Wardrobe Specialist
  • Wardrobe Stylist
  • Wardrobe Supervisor


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Distribute costumes or related equipment and keep records of item status.
  • Arrange costumes in order of use to facilitate quick-change procedures for performances.
  • Return borrowed or rented items when productions are complete and return other items to storage.
  • Clean and press costumes before and after performances and perform any minor repairs.
  • Assign lockers to employees and maintain locker rooms, dressing rooms, wig rooms, or costume storage or laundry areas.
  • Provide assistance to cast members in wearing costumes, or assign cast dressers to assist specific cast members with costume changes.
  • Design or construct costumes or send them to tailors for construction, major repairs, or alterations.
  • Purchase, rent, or requisition costumes or other wardrobe necessities.
  • Check the appearance of costumes on stage or under lights to determine whether desired effects are being achieved.
  • Inventory stock to determine types or conditions of available costuming.
  • Collaborate with production designers, costume designers, or other production staff to discuss and execute costume design details.
  • Monitor, maintain, or secure inventories of costumes, wigs, or makeup, providing keys or access to assigned directors, costume designers, or wardrobe mistresses/masters.
  • Create worksheets for dressing lists, show notes, or costume checks.
  • Direct the work of wardrobe crews during dress rehearsals or performances.
  • Examine costume fit on cast members and sketch or write notes for alterations.
  • Review scripts or other production information to determine a story's locale or period, as well as the number of characters and required costumes.
  • Recommend vendors and monitor their work.
  • Study books, pictures, or examples of period clothing to determine styles worn during specific periods in history.
  • Provide managers with budget recommendations and take responsibility for budgetary line items related to costumes, storage, or makeup needs.
  • Participate in the hiring, training, scheduling, or supervision of alteration workers.
  • Care for non-clothing items, such as flags, table skirts, or draperies.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Combination pliers
  • Commercial dryers
  • Commercial washing machines
  • Data input scanners
  • Dry cleaning equipment
  • Electric irons
  • Fabric pressing equipment
  • Garment steamers
  • Hot glue guns
  • Labelmakers
  • Laptop computers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mobile radios
  • Multi tools
  • Multipurpose sewing machines
  • Personal computers
  • Portable electric fabric cutters
  • Portable ironing boards
  • Sergers
  • Sewing needles
  • Tablet computers
  • Thimbles
  • Walking foot machines
  • Database software
  • Garment tracking software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software


  • personal care and service


    industry stats

    SOC: 39-0000

    Total Employed: 4,307,500

    Average Annual Salary: $25,650