Technical Designer, Apparel Salary
Job Description for Technical Designer, Apparel
A technical apparel designer strives to create clothing that satisfies customers and furthers the mission of their brand. When designing an article of clothing or an outfit, the technical apparel designer must keep several concepts and goals in mind. First, the designer needs to ensure that produced clothing maintains a consistent fit. Second, the technical apparel designer must ensure that the construction of the articles and garments is of a high quality. Third, grade rules and tolerances for the clothing must be observed.Read More...
Aside from leading the actual construction of the garments, the technical designer is also responsible for several other aspects of the project. For example, the technical apparel designer must work with stakeholders to ensure clothing meets the brand quality standards and has any specific characteristics for the brand (such as displaying the brand's signature or logo). The technical apparel designer also fills out appropriate project paperwork, such as reports detailing any construction issues and research about how to address those issues. Further, a technical apparel designer works closely with marketing and photography teams to create stunning images of the clothing and effective advertisements to market the garments.
Most technical apparel designers hold a bachelor's degree in clothing and textiles or a related field. Many companies prefer experience in apparel. Technical apparel designers must constantly looking for new ways to integrate technology into their profession. Attention to detail and strong communication skills are also necessary.
Technical Designer, Apparel Tasks
- Develop and manage the technical specification packages for apparel prototypes.
- Evaluate garment for quality, lead fit sessions, and make recommendations for pattern improvements.
- Assist and consult with factory pattern makers to develop new blocks.
- Maintain documentation of all relevant data for production.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Designer, Apparel
Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp offers the most; Apparel Technical Designers earn $74K on average there.
Popular Skills for Technical Designer, Apparel
Apparel Technical Designers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Outlook, Patternmaking, Microsoft Excel, and Technical Specification are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Technical Specification.
Pay by Experience Level for Technical Designer, Apparel
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Apparel Technical Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $44K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $72K. Apparel Technical Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $78K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Apparel Technical Designers, working in the bustling city of Charlotte has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Apparel Technical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Fort Myers (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Apparel Technical Designers is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Minneapolis (19 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).