Technical Designer, Apparel Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Apparel Technical Designers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $54,732 per year. Pay begins at $34,551 on the low end and climbs to $83,859 per year near the top. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. A solid majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Technical Designer, Apparel Salary (?
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$35,133 - $82,601
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MEDIAN: $55,018
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Technical Designer, Apparel Salary (?
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$12.18 - $40.18
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,133 - $82,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,039  
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $5,028  
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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$34,551 - $83,859  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 705
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $40.18  
   
Overtime
$16.72 - $45.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,039  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $5,028  
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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$34,551 - $83,859  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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 Skills for Technical Designer, Apparel

Apparel Technical Designers seem to require a number of specific skills. Those who have experience with Patternmaking can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 4 percent more than the national average, respectively. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, 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 Apparel Technical Designers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $42K to $58K. Pay amounts to $70K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Apparel Technical Designers earning an average of $79K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Apparel Technical Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Apparel Technical Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+11 percent) and Philadelphia (+4 percent). Apparel Technical Designers' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Apparel Technical Designers in Dallas bring in salaries that are 32 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (-8 percent) and Seattle (-3 percent).

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Experience Affects Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

Patternmaking
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Technical Garment Knowledge
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Adobe Illustrator
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Technical Specification
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National Average
$55,000
Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 16%
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