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Technical Designer, Apparel Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Apparel Technical Designers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $55K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Apparel Technical Designers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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  
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  
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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Patternmaking, Technical Garment Knowledge, Technical Specification, and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Adobe Illustrator also tend to know Technical Specification.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Designer, Apparel

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Apparel Technical Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $58K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Apparel Technical Designers see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $79K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a fourth 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 one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Apparel Technical Designers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Apparel Technical Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+11 percent) and Philadelphia (+4 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Apparel Technical Designers in Dallas earning a whopping 32 percent below the national average. Employers in Los Angeles and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 188 votes.

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%