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Pattern Maker Salary

Pattern Makers in the United States pull down an average of $19.04 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Pattern Makers survey respondents are women (76 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$32,350 - $98,744
(Median)
$32K
$64K
$99K
MEDIAN: $63,587
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$11.69 - $34.47
(Median)
$12
$19
$34
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$32,350 - $98,744  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$1,650 - $8,000  
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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$27,924 - $85,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $34.47  
   
Overtime
$17.38 - $50.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,650 - $8,000  
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).
)
$27,924 - $85,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Job Description for Pattern Maker

There are two main types of pattern makers: manufacturers and apparel designers. Pattern makers for manufacturers perform a skilled trade that is related to the tools and die making sectors; these individuals are responsible for the creation of the cast and mold. A pattern can be designed in a cast made of wood, iron, or other metallic material, so a pattern maker for manufacturers must know how to use tools such as chisels, hammers, and power tools. The pattern maker for a manufacturer works in an indoor factory setting, and this position may require physical labor to mold and chisel a pattern.

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Pattern Maker Tasks

  • Use a computer to outline pattern pieces and draw in details to indicate the position of buttonholes, pleats and other features.
  • Convert a designer's garment into a pattern of separate pieces that can be laid out on a length of fabric in a way that minimizes wasted fabric.
  • Create the pattern pieces for a particular apparel design.
  • Alter the size of pattern pieces to product garments of various sizes.

Common Career Paths for Pattern Maker


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Pattern Makers sometimes move into a Apparel Technical Designer role, where the salary is similar.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pattern Maker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Pattern Makers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. Pattern Makers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Pattern Makers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Pattern Makers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+31 percent).

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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 35%