Just below three-fifths of Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $33K to $96K per year, and the average comes out to $59K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by about one-half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,284 - $99,072
$35K
$59K
$99K
MEDIAN: $58,883
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50%
90%

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$14.68 - $37.48
$15
$19
$37
MEDIAN: $19.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$35,284 - $99,072  
   
Bonus
$1,800  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$33,239 - $95,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $37.48  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,800  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,239 - $95,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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Job Description for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker

A fabric and apparel patternmaker creates the templates for pieces of clothing so that the individual parts can be sewn together and attached to make a finished garment. Patternmakers may work in a clothing manufacturing setting, in which case the patterns they cut typically adhere to some sort of design specification prior to mass production. It is also common to find skilled patternmakers working in fashion design, helping a designer to conceptualize and cut various fabric types for fit, style and comfort.

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Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Tasks

  • Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts.
  • Calculate dimensions for size variations.
  • May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.

Common Career Paths for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker


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Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Apparel Technical Designer. Apparel Technical Designers on average make about as much as Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers do.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers make a median salary of $68K. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,317

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Surpassing the national average by 53 percent, Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent).

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Key Stats for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Skills That Affect Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

National Average
$52,000


Technical Garment Knowledge
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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