Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salary

With just below three-fifths of Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $34K to $98K per year and averages out to $62K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and just under a half have dental coverage, one in four claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,948 - $100,334
(Median)
$37K
$62K
$100K
MEDIAN: $61,735
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$13.38 - $44.04
(Median)
$13
$21
$44
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,948 - $100,334  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$33,681 - $98,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $44.04  
   
Overtime
$33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$33,681 - $98,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $63K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,756

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For Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers, New York provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent).

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Experience Affects Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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