Doll Designers and Makers


Doll Designers and Makers


Doll designers and makers develop ideas for dolls, design them, and then either create them or create a prototype so a manufacturer can make them. Designers may create dolls as toys, decorations, or art, or for collecting. They determine the size of dolls, the materials used to make them, and their purpose whether as a toy, a decoration, or a collector's item. Some designers create ideas for dolls by drawing and sketching designs on paper. Others use design software to plan them digitally. Doll designers work for toy or doll manufac...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Apprenticeship, internship, or on-the-job training





Personality Traits



It is difficult to determine the exact earnings of doll designers and makers. Earnings in this profession vary depending on a number of factors, including the doll designer or maker's specific employment situation, their talent, their reputation, and the demand for their dolls.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) does not provide salary information for doll designers and makers, but it do...

Work Environment

Doll designers and makers who are employed by large or small toy or doll manufacturers generally work indoors in comfortable, well-lit studios or offices. They sit at computers or desks creating designs for dolls or they may have a workshop where they create prototypes out of raw materials. Some travel to toy or doll shows and even abroad to find fabrics and other materials needed to produce a ...


While the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) does not specifically provide an employment outlook for doll designers and makers, it does discuss industrial designers, a career category that includes toy and doll designers. It predicts that job opportunities for industrial designers will increase 3 percent (more slowly than the average for all careers) from 2018 to 2028. Consumer demand for innovativ...