Pattern Maker Salary

Over one-half of Pattern Makers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $27K to $90K per year, but median earnings come to around $56K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Pattern Makers (65 percent) survey participants are women. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,400 - $93,330
$30K
$56K
$93K
MEDIAN: $56,345
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50%
90%

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$11.91 - $34.81
$12
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $17.66
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$30,400 - $93,330  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $7,241  
Total Pay (?
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$26,936 - $89,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $34.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$21.33 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.00 - $7,241  
   
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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$26,936 - $89,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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.

Common Career Paths for Pattern Maker


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Pattern Makers who transition into an upper level Apparel Technical Designer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Apparel Technical Designer makes $53K a year.

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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: $48,600

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

For Pattern Makers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Pattern Makers in Philadelphia earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Los Angeles (18 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Pattern Maker

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

▲43%

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$49,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect Pattern Maker Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲15%

National Average
$49,000


Sewing
▼32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 35%