Most Apparel Technical Designers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $59K per year. Earnings generally vary between $36K and $89K per year. While the company and geographic location impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,580 - $88,899
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MEDIAN: $59,463
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$13.89 - $31.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,580 - $88,899  
   
Bonus
$512 - $8,129  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$0.00  
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$36,433 - $88,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 550
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.89 - $31.08  
   
Overtime
$5.97 - $39.72  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$512 - $8,129  
   
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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$36,433 - $88,753  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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


Employees of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $80K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $59K to $139K.

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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Most people 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $44K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $61K. Apparel Technical Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $73K. 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 $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,967

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, 26 percent above the national average. Apparel Technical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+22 percent), Boston (+19 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Chicago (23 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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 77 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

Microsoft Outlook
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Technical Specification
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National Average
$57,000




Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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