Pattern Maker Salary

Pattern Makers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $59K annually on average but can range from $27K to $91K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Pattern Makers (64 percent) who took the survey are female. While some workers in this profession — about one in three — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pattern Makers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,069 - $94,877
$30K
$59K
$95K
MEDIAN: $58,590
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50%
90%

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$11.99 - $34.45
$12
$18
$34
MEDIAN: $17.54
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$0$94K
Salary $30,069 - $94,877
Bonus $397.32 - $7,047
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$27,430 - $91,437
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 117
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $11.99 - $34.45
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $20.05 - $46.74
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $397.32 - $7,047
Profit Sharing $5,000
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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$27,430 - $91,437
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 113

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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

  • Create the pattern pieces for a particular apparel design.
  • Alter the size of pattern pieces to product garments of various sizes.
  • 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.

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Pattern Makers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Apparel Technical Designer. Median pay for Apparel Technical Designers is $53K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pattern Maker

Pay by Experience for a Pattern Maker has a positive trend. An entry-level Pattern Maker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 93 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pattern Maker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 48 salaries. An experienced Pattern Maker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 63 salaries. A Pattern Maker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 67 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,768

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

With a pay rate for Pattern Makers that is 47 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Pattern Makers in Philadelphia take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 24 percent less than the national average. Employers in San Diego and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Pattern Maker

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

▲40%

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$50,000

▼24%

Skills That Affect Pattern Maker Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲13%

National Average
$50,000


Sewing
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 32%
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