Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $33K to $96K per year, but median earnings come to around $61K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although nearly one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just under one-half get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,680 - $98,773

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$13.28 - $41.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,680 - $98,773  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
Total Pay (?
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$32,981 - $96,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $41.75  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $44.25  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
   
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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$32,981 - $96,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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

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

Common Career Paths for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker


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Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers often transition into a Pattern Maker position. Pattern Makers report a slightly lower median income of $47K.

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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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $52K. On average, Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $69K.

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Experience Affects Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 25%
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