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What Does it Take to Be a Costume Attendant?

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

Costume Attendant Responsibilities

  • Care for non-clothing items, such as flags, table skirts, or draperies.
  • Assign lockers to employees and maintain locker rooms, dressing rooms, wig rooms, or costume storage or laundry areas.
  • Distribute costumes or related equipment and keep records of item status.
  • Provide dressing assistance to cast members or assign cast dressers to assist specific cast members with costume changes.
  • Clean and press costumes before and after performances and perform any minor repairs.
  • Participate in the hiring, training, scheduling, or supervision of alteration workers.

Costume Attendant Needed Skills

These are the skills Costume Attendants say are the most useful in their careers:

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Types of Costume Attendant Jobs

  • Costume Specialist
  • Costume Shop Coordinator
  • Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Wardrobe Technician
  • Costume Draper

Costume Attendant Job Outlook

There were about 6,600 jobs for Costume Attendant in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10.6% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 700 new jobs for Costume Attendant by 2026. There will be an estimated 1,600 positions for Costume Attendant per year.


The states with the most job growth for Costume Attendant are South Carolina, Georgia, and Maryland. Watch out if you plan on working in Wisconsin, Tennessee, or Rhode Island. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Costume Attendant

Costume Attendants make between $20,430 and $77,630 a year.


Costume Attendants who work in New York, New Mexico, or Kentucky, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Costume Attendants in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $33,170
Arizona $35,520
California $46,140
Colorado $37,990
Connecticut $39,920
District of Columbia $40,670
Florida $39,500
Georgia $45,840
Hawaii $38,580
Illinois $42,970
Indiana $41,800
Kentucky $58,020
Louisiana $37,250
Massachusetts $46,380
Michigan $41,560
Minnesota $39,950
Missouri $34,600
Nevada $50,530
New Jersey $25,050
New Mexico $59,970
New York $68,080
North Carolina $33,100
Ohio $35,000
Oregon $47,990
Pennsylvania $44,400
South Carolina $28,890
Tennessee $40,570
Texas $36,780
Utah $27,240
Virginia $29,420
Washington $54,390
Wisconsin $32,520

What Tools & Technology do Costume Attendants Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Costume Attendants may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Database software

How do I Become a Costume Attendant?

Learn what Costume Attendant education requirements there are.


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Who Employs Costume Attendants?


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