Technical Designer, Apparel Salary

Women account for the majority of Apparel Technical Designers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $59K per year. Compensation ranges from $36K on the lower end to $89K per year on the higher end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Apparel Technical Designers. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,740 - $89,380
$39K
$59K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,109
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$13.83 - $31.25
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MEDIAN: $19.42
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,740 - $89,380  
   
Bonus
$504 - $8,036  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$36,097 - $88,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 498
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.83 - $31.25  
   
Overtime
$14.74 - $39.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$504 - $8,036  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$36,097 - $88,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Designer, Apparel


Those at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $74K.

Popular Skills for Technical Designer, Apparel


Apparel Technical Designers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. For most people, competency in Adobe Illustrator indicates knowledge of 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. For Apparel Technical Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,869

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Apparel Technical Designers, 29 percent higher than 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). Compared to the national average, Dallas Apparel Technical Designers have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Philadelphia and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 19 percent less than the median.

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 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
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
28%
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 66 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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