The majority of Pattern Makers in the United States — over one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $28K to $90K per year, and the median is $57K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the majority of Pattern Makers (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Approximately one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and approximately one-half claim dental coverage as well. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,096 - $94,091
$30K
$57K
$94K
MEDIAN: $56,755
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$11.94 - $34.71
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MEDIAN: $17.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$30,096 - $94,091  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $7,195  
Total Pay (?
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$28,421 - $89,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $34.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$21.55 - $46.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$193.92 - $7,195  
   
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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$28,421 - $89,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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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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As Pattern Makers make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Apparel Technical Designer position pays around the same amount as the Pattern Maker job on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pattern Maker

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. On average, Pattern Makers make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,714

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Pattern Makers, 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 3 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 22 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Pattern Maker Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 15%

National Average
$49,000


Sewing
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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