Pattern Maker Salary

With just over a half of Pattern Makers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Pattern Makers is $62K annually and can range from $29K on the lower end to $92K per year near the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Pattern Makers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by approximately half. Most Pattern Makers survey respondents are women (76 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$33,693 - $97,211
(Median)
$34K
$62K
$97K
MEDIAN: $61,757
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$11.80 - $35.45
(Median)
$12
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,693 - $97,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
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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$28,779 - $91,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $35.45  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $51.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
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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$28,779 - $91,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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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.

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Pattern Makers may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Apparel Technical Designer. Apparel Technical Designers on average make about as much as Pattern Makers do.

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Typical Pattern Makers report a focused set of job skills. Patternmaking and Computer Aided Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Aided Design and Patternmaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Pattern Maker

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


Pattern Makers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $43K. For Pattern Makers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $63K. Pattern Makers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $70K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,582

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Pattern Makers, New York provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. Pattern Makers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Diego Pattern Makers earning much less — 28 percent less — than the national average.

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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Skills That Affect Pattern Maker Salaries

National Average
$50,000


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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