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Pattern Maker Salary

Pattern Makers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly less than three-fifths of Pattern Makers. Salaries average out to around $61K per year and spread from $28K to $89K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a majority have medical coverage and slightly less than one-half have dental coverage, one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most Pattern Makers survey respondents are women (75 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Pattern Makers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,089 - $99,897
(Median)
$32K
$61K
$100K
MEDIAN: $61,224
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50%
90%

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$11.50 - $34.93
(Median)
$11
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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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$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$32,089 - $99,897  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
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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$28,013 - $89,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $34.93  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $50.15  
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 - $3,452  
   
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).
)
$28,013 - $89,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110

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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Apparel Technical Designer. On average, Apparel Technical Designers get paid about the same as Pattern Makers do.

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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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $35K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $43K. Pattern Makers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $66K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Pattern Makers, New York provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Pattern Makers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Pattern Maker's salary, with San Diego Pattern Makers earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 34%
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