Pattern Maker Salary

With slightly less than three-fifths 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 $60K annually and can range from $28K on the lower end to $87K per year near the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Pattern Makers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Pattern Makers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,384 - $95,706

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$11.52 - $34.70

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$32,384 - $95,706  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
Profit Sharing
$1,650 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$28,417 - $86,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $34.70  
   
Overtime
$17.51 - $49.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
   
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 - $86,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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.

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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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Pattern Makers make a median salary of $61K. Pattern Makers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


Pattern Makers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 46 percent. Pattern Makers in San Diego take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 35%
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