Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salary

With slightly less than 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 length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by just under a half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took 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 (?
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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.


For many Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $59K. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median 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
up arrow 2%

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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