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. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the specific company are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,382 - $85,189

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$12.83 - $38.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,382 - $85,189  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,222  
Profit Sharing
$2,035 - $4,972  
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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$35,542 - $86,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 740
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.83 - $38.48  
   
Overtime
$8.48 - $43.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,222  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,035 - $4,972  
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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$35,542 - $86,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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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


With a median salary of $68K, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp offers Apparel Technical Designers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $58K and are capped at $95K.

Popular Skills for Technical Designer, Apparel


Apparel Technical Designers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $59K. On average, Apparel Technical Designers make $71K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Apparel Technical Designers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Apparel Technical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+16 percent), Portland (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Apparel Technical Designer's salary, with Dallas Apparel Technical Designers earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. Workers in Denver and Chicago earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 19 percent.

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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 Specification
0%

National Average
$56,000

Technical Garment Knowledge
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
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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