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Pattern Maker Salary

Pattern Makers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $61K per year on average but can range from $28K to $90K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a majority have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, close to one-third claim no health benefits at all. Female Pattern Makers make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Most Pattern Makers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$32,028 - $100,174
(Median)
$32K
$61K
$100K
MEDIAN: $61,365
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$11.50 - $34.93
(Median)
$11
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,028 - $100,174  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
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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$27,949 - $89,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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 - $3,425  
   
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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$27,949 - $89,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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.

Common Career Paths for Pattern Maker


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As Pattern Makers transition into upper-level roles like Apparel Technical Designers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Apparel Technical Designers earn the same amount as Pattern Makers 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 inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $35K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $42K on average. For Pattern Makers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $62K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Pattern Makers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Pattern Makers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Diego, which sits 27 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

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: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 33%
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