Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salary

The majority of Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers in the United States — just below three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $33K to $96K per year, and the median is $61K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a little less than one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,680 - $98,773
(Median)
$37K
$61K
$99K
MEDIAN: $61,105
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$13.23 - $42.00
(Median)
$13
$20
$42
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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 (?
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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$32,917 - $96,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $42.00  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $44.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$32,917 - $96,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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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Many Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers transition into upper-level roles like Pattern Maker. However, Pattern Makers do report a slightly lower median income of $47K per year.

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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. On average, Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $70K.

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Experience Affects Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 24%
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