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How Much Money Do Models Make in South Korea?

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When it comes to the fashion industry, South Korea might not be the first place that springs to mind – but it's actually one of the hottest places on the runway right now! The country has seen its share of top designers over the years and continues to up its game as an international fashion capital. But how much money do models make in South Korea? Base Model Management provides that's facilities, Visit here to find out more about South Korea's bustling modeling industry and how much money you can expect to make if you decide to pursue this career path in this exciting country!


5 Top Modeling Agencies in Seoul

While some people are born with an eye for fashion, there's no denying that Korean models have a great deal of influence over what we wear and what we buy. Perhaps you've wondered how much money a top model makes in Seoul or how to break into a modeling career here. Well, wonder no more! The list below will give you access to a few well-known modeling agencies in Seoul and their contact information. It also includes a rough estimation of what models earn on average so you can determine if it is worth your time (and investment) to pursue a career as a model! If nothing else, it should be interesting to see how much models make per month for doing something they clearly love!




Jellyfish Entertainment

Former model-turned-singer/actress IU was recently revealed to be one of Jellyfish Entertainment's newest artists. The 19-year-old Nation's Little Sister is scheduled to release her first solo album, Love & Hate, on February 26. On top of that, she also reportedly has a part in MBC's upcoming show We Got Married as well as plans for a separate drama. With all these new things happening for IU, fans will certainly want to know how much money a model makes in South Korea and how much can an entertainer expect to make from various endeavors like entertainment shows and acting roles.


J.Tune Camp

$13,500 a month. J.Tune Camp is home to many idols and K-Pop stars, including Ailee, Seo In Guk, Tiffany, Kangnam, and EXO. Although $13,500 is still considered a good salary by many standards here in America, it may be hard for non-Korean fans to believe that their favorite artists live such modest lives. I think of it like they are saying: What?! Do you eat once every three days?


SM Entertainment

2015 revenue of $245.3 million, with net profits of $48.4 million. SM also reported sales and revenues that exceed those of some of South Korea's major conglomerates, including Samsung Electronics and LG Group (due to Hallyu). SM is known as one of the Big Three entertainment companies in K-pop alongside YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment, which represent most major K-pop artists, from male groups Big Bang and 2NE1 to female artists IU and Ailee. Some of their biggest successes have been Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee, f(x), EXO, TVXQ!, BoA, TVXQ!




Pledis Entertainment

One of many big-name entertainment companies that deal with K-Pop, Pledis Entertainment, has a group called Seventeen. Seventeen is an all-male group under Pledis Entertainment, meaning they are all signed by Pledis Entertainment to perform and do modeling work for them. In July 2016, it was reported that their members earn ₩4.5 billion won (US$4 million) each year. Not bad for pre-debut singers! The money is divided equally amongst each member, and payment comes from multiple different ways, including advertisement deals and product endorsements, which allows them to make such an absurd amount of money at such a young age. Why such a high starting wage?


Core Contents Media

This top talent agency was founded by Kim Kwang-soo, who entered JYP Entertainment as a trainee and left to start his own company. The agency has over 200 employees, many of whom are celebrities or former celebrities, including Rain, Se7en, ZE: A (aka Children of Empire), f(x), and T-ara. Core Contents Media boasts an impressive resume when it comes to managing or producing Korean celebrities and groups—as they are behind countless popular Korean idols' rise to fame. They have also helped nurture new faces into reality TV stars as well as actors for film and television. In addition to talent management, Core Contents Media also produces music with its own record label.