Models help promote products and services in a wide range of industries, not just fashion. Companies hire models to advertise their products or services on television, and to appear in magazines and at business conventions in order to make sure the proper image is created for the product. Artists’ models pose for art classes and professional artists like painters, sculptors, and photographers.

They work in photographic studios, outside in all kinds of weather, and also on location. Those who do location work may travel to exotic destinations. Some top fashion models even get to “strut their stuff” along catwalks in Milan, London, Paris, and New York.

Models’ earnings vary enormously. Part-time beginners may earn as little as $2,000 a year, while supermodels can earn millions of dollars a year. The median annual salary is around $27,000 and most models earn somewhere between $17,000 and $55,000 a year. However, successful models working in large US cities or international markets can make much more than this, sometimes more than $100,000 a year.

There are no minimum educational requirements to become a model, but a good educational background is a valuable asset. Models who have at least a high school diploma are more likely to be mature enough to endure the demands of a modeling career.


Unpaid to $5,000 a year.
• Good interpersonal skills
• Enrolled in a training program through a modeling agency


$1,000 to $20,000 a year.
• Some basic modeling training
• Portfolio


$20,000 to $50,000 a year.
• Training as a model
• 1 to 3 years of experience in doing photo shoots, runway modeling, or acting spots
• Solid demand for your modeling services
• Preferably a high school diploma