Textile Designer Salary
Job Description for Textile Designer
Textile designers are responsible for creating unique and original designs for clothing and apparel. There are many specialties in the world of textile design, and an individual designer may focus on one or more of them. Some options include dresses, shirts, pants, men's formal apparel, and children's apparel.Read More...
Textile design generally involves both the creation of new and original designs for apparel, and the implementation of designs provided by customers. This involves working with graphic design software to manipulate and modify images which will eventually be translated into articles of clothing. A textile designer will work on a project from conception all the way through completion of the physical product.
A bachelor's degree in graphic design is generally required for this position, as well as relevant job experience. One to five years of direct experience in the field is usually preferred, but any design experience is likely to be considered. Training in embroidery, silk screen technology, weaving, and textile manufacture is beneficial, as well.
Like many design-related jobs, textile design is generally done on Mac computers using Adobe software. Strong proficiency with OS X and the Adobe Suite of CS6 programs is required, and ideal candidates should also have excellent communication and presentation skills, and work well independently or with a team.
Textile designers generally work during business hours, but may occasionally be required to work nights or weekends to meet deadlines on important jobs. This generally means Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Work is done in an office environment and typically supervised by a department manager.
Textile Designer Tasks
- Translate verbal objectives to artistic designs and prototypes.
- Adapt and update designs, patterns and colors.
- Follow up with manufacturers and sales teams to ensure product quality.
- Create original designs for specified audiences and fabrics.
- Review textile samples, provide feedback and write reports.
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Popular Skills for Textile Designer
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Graphic Design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Nedgraphics, Fabric/Textiles, and Design. Those proficient in Adobe Illustrator are, more often than not, also skilled in Design and Computer Aided Design (CAD).
Pay by Experience Level for Textile Designer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. Textile Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $63K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Textile Designers, Milwaukee offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Textile Designers will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+11 percent) and Philadelphia (+9 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Greensboro (9 percent lower) and Dallas (7 percent lower).