Technical Designer, Apparel Salary

Women comprise the majority of Apparel Technical Designers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $56K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Apparel Technical Designers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,985 - $84,414
(Median)
$36K
$56K
$84K
MEDIAN: $56,153
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$12.27 - $34.52
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$12
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,985 - $84,414  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,124  
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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$35,203 - $85,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 712
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.27 - $34.52  
   
Overtime
$8.16 - $44.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,124  
   
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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$35,203 - $85,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Patternmaking, Technical Specification, and Technical Garment Knowledge are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Apparel Technical Designers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. Apparel Technical Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Apparel Technical Designers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Apparel Technical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+16 percent), New York (+16 percent), Portland (+11 percent), and Columbus (+9 percent). Apparel Technical Designers in Dallas take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 30 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 19 percent less in Denver and 18 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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Technical Garment Knowledge
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Technical Specification
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National Average
$56,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 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
27%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 16%