Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salary

With just over a half of Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $34K to $93K per year and averages out to $53K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and over a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,675 - $97,130
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$56K
$97K
MEDIAN: $55,757
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90%

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$14.42 - $36.98
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MEDIAN: $19.80
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$0$97K
Salary $35,675 - $97,130
Bonus $408.51 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $2,550
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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$33,693 - $96,996
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 65
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $14.42 - $36.98
Overtime $18.38 - $38.54
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $408.51 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $2,550
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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$33,693 - $96,996
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 45

Job Description for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker

A fabric and apparel patternmaker creates the templates for pieces of clothing so that the individual parts can be sewn together and attached to make a finished garment. Patternmakers may work in a clothing manufacturing setting, in which case the patterns they cut typically adhere to some sort of design specification prior to mass production. It is also common to find skilled patternmakers working in fashion design, helping a designer to conceptualize and cut various fabric types for fit, style and comfort.

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Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Tasks

  • Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts.
  • Calculate dimensions for size variations.
  • May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.

Common Career Paths for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker


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Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Apparel Technical Designer. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker

Pay by Experience for a Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker has a positive trend. An entry-level Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 28 salaries. A Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,598

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers, 59 percent above the national average. Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+38 percent).

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Key Stats for Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
33%

Experience Affects Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

▲38%

Experienced
▲26%

▲4%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
▼26%

Skills That Affect Fabric and Apparel Patternmaker Salaries

National Average
$51,000


Technical Garment Knowledge
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 39%