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Pattern Maker Salary

The average Pattern Maker in the United States earns approximately $19.04 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Female Pattern Makers make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,791 - $98,453
(Median)
$32K
$62K
$98K
MEDIAN: $61,967
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$11.68 - $34.90
(Median)
$12
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,791 - $98,453  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,834  
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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$28,417 - $88,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $34.90  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $49.17  
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 - $4,834  
   
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).
)
$28,417 - $88,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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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As Pattern Makers transition into upper-level roles like Apparel Technical Designers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Apparel Technical Designers earn the same amount as Pattern Makers on average.

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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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Pattern Makers. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $35K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $45K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Pattern Makers, 43 percent higher than the national average. Pattern Makers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Diego, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 33%