Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salary

The majority of Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $34K to $93K per year, and the median is $58K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one-half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,978 - $94,758
$39K
$58K
$95K
MEDIAN: $58,098
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90%

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$14.76 - $37.15
$15
$19
$37
MEDIAN: $19.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,978 - $94,758  
   
Bonus
$2,250  
Profit Sharing
$2,550  
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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$33,830 - $92,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $37.15  
   
Overtime
$22.10 - $38.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$2,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,550  
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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$33,830 - $92,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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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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As Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers transition into upper-level roles like Apparel Technical Designers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Apparel Technical Designers earn the same amount as Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker

Pay by Experience for a Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker has a positive trend. An entry-level Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 28 salaries. A Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,210

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 56 percent. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent).

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Key Stats for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

▲37%

Experienced
▲24%

▲2%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
▼27%

Skills That Affect Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

National Average
$51,000


Technical Garment Knowledge
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 36%
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