The salary range for a fashion model is extreme, spanning from a median wage of $9.02 an hour in 2012 to several million dollars a year. The salary of a model is highly dependent on location, experience, endorsement deals and more.
The extreme range of a fashion model's salary mirrors those of musicians and actors. In entertainment there is no guarantee of success. Many fashion models work part time. Work schedules in the industry are highly irregular and a model may go months without employment. Models are required to be available on short notice for shoots and potentially need to travel extensively for their jobs. Those earning high salaries typically have secured contracts with agencies and have connections in the industry.