Technical Designer, Apparel Salary

Apparel Technical Designers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $59K per year. Pay generally varies between $37K and $89K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Apparel Technical Designers is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,250 - $89,508
$39K
$59K
$90K
MEDIAN: $59,255
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$12.47 - $30.31
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.31
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$0$89K
Salary $39,250 - $89,508
Bonus $500 - $9,274
Profit Sharing $1,500
Commission $0.00
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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$36,841 - $88,714
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 483
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.47 - $30.31
Overtime $15.00 - $38.49
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $500 - $9,274
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$36,841 - $88,714
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 88

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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.

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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.

Technical Designer, Apparel Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Designer, Apparel


Apparel Technical Designers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp, where the average salary comes to $74K.

Popular Skills for Technical Designer, Apparel


Survey results suggest that Apparel Technical Designers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Outlook, Patternmaking, Microsoft Excel, and Technical Specification are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to know Technical Specification.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Designer, Apparel

Pay by Experience for a Technical Designer, Apparel has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Designer, Apparel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 287 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Designer, Apparel with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 212 salaries. An experienced Technical Designer, Apparel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 151 salaries. A Technical Designer, Apparel with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 64 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,832

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

For those looking to make money, Apparel Technical Designers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Apparel Technical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Charlotte (+23 percent), Fort Myers (+10 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Dallas Apparel Technical Designers earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Denver earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 19 percent.

Technical Designer, Apparel Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Technical Designer, Apparel?

Technical Designer, Apparel in Van Nuys:
Pros: I enjoy being able to use the knowledge and skills learned in school. Finally, in the apparel industry and working my way up. My favorite part of the job is the "newness." New artwork, new fabrics, new styles.
Cons: The culture in our small office could be a lot better. We have a great group of people on the team, but it doesn't feel like a team. There is a lot of unnecessary bad talk about other team members.

Technical Designer, Apparel in Lexington:
Pros: Not stressful; great people; small, family-owned company.
Cons: Sitting at a desk for so long.

Technical Designer, Apparel in Minneapolis:
"Whack a mole."
Pros: Working for a small company has been rewarding in that it has provided me with an extensive amount of experience in my field. I have a developed a vast skill set to build an impressive resume with just 4 years experience with one company.
Cons: The job is very demanding and stressful. I fill MANY different roles due to company size. Disorganization takes a toll. I constantly have multiple urgent priorities and am rarely able to give proper attention to any. As a competent and reliable worker I am often asked to take on tasks that should not be expected of me, but due to blurry job descriptions they somehow make their way onto my plate. I feel pulled in a million directions all day every day. I spend most of my time spinning trying to deal with whatever emergency is coming through the door at any give time and not focusing on what I am expected to be accomplishing.

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Key Stats for Technical Designer, Apparel

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

▲42%

▲31%

▲9%

National Average
$56,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

Microsoft Outlook
▲18%



National Average
$56,000





Graphic Design
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 17%
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