Technical Designer, Apparel Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Apparel Technical Designers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $59K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $37K, and the higher rates verge on $88K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Apparel Technical Designers is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,452 - $89,907
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$59K
$90K
MEDIAN: $59,045
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$12.81 - $29.84
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$0$89K
Salary $39,452 - $89,907
Bonus $501 - $9,192
Commission $0.00
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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$37,122 - $88,452
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 470
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.81 - $29.84
Overtime $15.10 - $37.65
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $501 - $9,192
Commission $0.00
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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$37,122 - $88,452
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 94

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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

  • Develop and manage the technical specification packages for apparel prototypes.
  • Evaluate garment for quality, lead fit sessions, and make recommendations for pattern improvements.
  • Assist and consult with factory pattern makers to develop new blocks.
  • Maintain documentation of all relevant data for production.

Technical Designer, Apparel Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Designer, Apparel


Polo Ralph Lauren Corp offers the largest salaries in town — $74K on average.

Popular Skills for Technical Designer, Apparel


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Outlook, Patternmaking, Microsoft Excel, and Technical Specification are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design and Adobe Photoshop. The majority of those who know Adobe Illustrator also know Technical Specification.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Designer, Apparel

Pay by Experience for a Technical Designer, Apparel has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Designer, Apparel with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 287 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Designer, Apparel with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 212 salaries. An experienced Technical Designer, Apparel which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 151 salaries. A Technical Designer, Apparel with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 64 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,463

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

Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Apparel Technical Designers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Apparel Technical Designers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), Charlotte (+24 percent), Fort Myers (+12 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Dallas Apparel Technical Designers have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia and Denver (18 percent lower).

Technical Designer, Apparel Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Technical Designer, Apparel?

Technical Designer, Apparel in Van Nuys:
Pros: I enjoy being able to use the knowledge and skills learned in school. Finally, in the apparel industry and working my way up. My favorite part of the job is the "newness." New artwork, new fabrics, new styles.
Cons: The culture in our small office could be a lot better. We have a great group of people on the team, but it doesn't feel like a team. There is a lot of unnecessary bad talk about other team members.

Technical Designer, Apparel in Lexington:
Pros: Not stressful; great people; small, family-owned company.
Cons: Sitting at a desk for so long.

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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Key Stats for Technical Designer, Apparel

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

▲43%

▲32%

▲10%

National Average
$55,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect Technical Designer, Apparel Salaries

Microsoft Outlook
▲18%



National Average
$55,000





Graphic Design
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 17%
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