Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — a little over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $33K to $96K per year, median earnings come to $60K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Close to one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,484 - $98,467
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$98K
MEDIAN: $60,242
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$14.60 - $37.84
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$15
$20
$38
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,484 - $98,467  
   
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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$32,674 - $95,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $37.84  
   
Overtime
$31.08  
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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$32,674 - $95,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Apparel Technical Designer. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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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.


Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $59K. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $69K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,233

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With a pay rate for Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers that is 30 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+29 percent).

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Experience Affects Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

National Average
$54,000


Technical Garment Knowledge
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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