Technical Designer, Apparel Salary

Most Apparel Technical Designers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $60K annually. Compensation ranges between $36K and $88K per year. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Apparel Technical Designers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,982 - $89,456
$39K
$60K
$89K
MEDIAN: $59,712
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$13.23 - $29.98
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MEDIAN: $19.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,982 - $89,456  
   
Bonus
$500 - $8,940  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$36,126 - $88,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 508
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $29.98  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $39.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$500 - $8,940  
   
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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$36,126 - $88,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 95

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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


Polo Ralph Lauren Corp leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $74K.

Popular Skills for Technical Designer, Apparel


Survey results imply that Apparel Technical Designers put a diverse skill set 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 4 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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

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: $56,378

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

Apparel Technical Designers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Apparel Technical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Charlotte (+22 percent), Fort Myers (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Apparel Technical Designer's salary, with Dallas Apparel Technical Designers earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (20 percent less).

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
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

▲41%

▲30%

▲8%

National Average
$56,000

▼23%

Skills That Affect Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

Microsoft Outlook
▲16%



National Average
$56,000





Graphic Design
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 17%
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