A little more than half of Pattern Makers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $29K to $91K per year, and the average comes out to $57K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and approximately half claim dental coverage as well. Female Pattern Makers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,110 - $93,807
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$30K
$57K
$94K
MEDIAN: $57,233
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$11.80 - $36.15
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$12
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$30,110 - $93,807  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $7,147  
Total Pay (?
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$28,592 - $90,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $36.15  
   
Overtime
$21.17 - $59.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$195.74 - $7,147  
   
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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$28,592 - $90,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Apparel Technical Designer. Apparel Technical Designers on average make about as much 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.


Pattern Makers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. Pattern Makers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $68K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,145

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, 55 percent above the national average. Pattern Makers in San Diego make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Los Angeles (21 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Pattern Maker Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 31%

National Average
$48,000

Patternmaking
up arrow 1%

Sewing
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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