Pattern Maker Salary

Pattern Makers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $61K per year, but may range from $28K to $87K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Pattern Makers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Pattern Makers survey respondents are women (75 percent). Although a majority have medical coverage and around half have dental coverage, close to one-third claim no health benefits at all. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,350 - $95,959
(Median)
$32K
$61K
$96K
MEDIAN: $60,816
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$11.52 - $34.90
(Median)
$12
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$32,350 - $95,959  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
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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$28,345 - $86,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $34.90  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $50.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
   
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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$28,345 - $86,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Apparel Technical Designer. On average, Apparel Technical Designers get paid about the same 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.


For many Pattern Makers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $36K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. Pattern Makers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $68K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Pattern Makers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Pattern Makers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Pattern Maker's salary, with San Diego Pattern Makers earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Pattern Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

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 31 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 33%
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