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Technical Designer, Apparel Salary

Women comprise the majority of Apparel Technical Designers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $55K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Apparel Technical Designers is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,298 - $83,128
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,960
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$12.04 - $38.67
(Median)
$12
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,298 - $83,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,062  
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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$34,678 - $84,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 683
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $38.67  
   
Overtime
$16.34 - $45.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,062  
   
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).
)
$34,678 - $84,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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


Survey takers who work as 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. Most people who know 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.


Apparel Technical Designers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $58K. Apparel Technical Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Apparel Technical Designers, 19 percent higher than the national average. Apparel Technical Designers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent) and Philadelphia (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 30 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Los Angeles and Seattle (8 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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
$55,000


Skills That Affect Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

Patternmaking
up arrow 4%

Technical Garment Knowledge
up arrow 1%

Technical Specification
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$55,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

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: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%