Pattern Maker Salary

Pattern Makers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $62K annually on average but can range from $29K to $92K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Pattern Makers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Pattern Makers making up 76 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,693 - $97,211
(Median)
$34K
$62K
$97K
MEDIAN: $61,757
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$11.80 - $35.45
(Median)
$12
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,693 - $97,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
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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$28,779 - $91,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $35.45  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $51.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,052  
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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$28,779 - $91,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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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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Pattern Makers sometimes move into a Apparel Technical Designer role, where the salary is similar.

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Pattern Makers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Patternmaking and Computer Aided Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design and Patternmaking.

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $36K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $63K. Pattern Makers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,582

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

Pattern Makers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Pattern Makers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Diego Pattern Makers earning much less — 28 percent less — than the national average.

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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Skills That Affect Pattern Maker Salaries

National Average
$50,000


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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