Pattern Maker Salary

A little more than half of Pattern Makers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $28K to $87K per year, but median earnings come to around $61K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — about one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and slightly less than one-half have dental insurance. Female Pattern Makers make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,384 - $95,706
(Median)
$32K
$61K
$96K
MEDIAN: $60,626
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90%

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$11.54 - $34.87
(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
$32,384 - $95,706  
   
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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$28,491 - $86,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.54 - $34.87  
   
Overtime
$17.51 - $49.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$28,491 - $86,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Pattern Maker

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Pattern Makers. 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 $61K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $68K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Pattern Makers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Pattern Makers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+2 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 39%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

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
26%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 34%
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