Technical Designer, Apparel Salary

The larger portion of Apparel Technical Designers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $57K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,392 - $85,216
(Median)
$36K
$57K
$85K
MEDIAN: $56,940
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$12.76 - $38.78
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$13
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,392 - $85,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,210  
Profit Sharing
$3,000 - $5,000  
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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$35,611 - $86,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 734
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $38.78  
   
Overtime
$8.55 - $44.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,210  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000 - $5,000  
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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$35,611 - $86,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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

  • Assist and consult with factory pattern makers to develop new blocks.
  • Maintain documentation of all relevant data for production.
  • Develop and manage the technical specification packages for apparel prototypes.
  • Evaluate garment for quality, lead fit sessions, and make recommendations for pattern improvements.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Designer, Apparel


The Kellwood Company offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $53K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $41K and $106K.

Popular Skills for Technical Designer, Apparel


Apparel Technical Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Patternmaking, Technical Specification, and Technical Garment Knowledge are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Adobe Illustrator are also skilled in Technical Specification.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Designer, Apparel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Apparel Technical Designers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $43K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. On average, Apparel Technical Designers make $71K following one to two decades on the job. Apparel Technical Designers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Apparel Technical Designers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Apparel Technical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), Portland (+16 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Dallas Apparel Technical Designers earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (19 percent lower) and Chicago (18 percent lower).

Technical Designer, Apparel Reviews

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

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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Experience Affects Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Patternmaking
up arrow 4%

Technical Garment Knowledge
0%

Technical Specification
0%

National Average
$56,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%
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