Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers
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Overview
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Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.
Titles for this career often contain these words
PatternPatternmakerDesignerFabricCutterGraderClothingComputerOperatorMakerTechnicianApparelAssistantAutomaticAutocutterCartoonPreparerAidedDesignCADDraperEmbroiderySourcerFashionGarmentMarkerChartWriterPatternatorPleatPrintProductionSailLayOutWorkerSewingLayoutShoeTechnical
Education
Only 10% of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers have bachelor's degrees than 73% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Fabric and apparel patternmakers, with 5,300 workers, form a smaller workforce than 94% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for fabric and apparel patternmakers are expected to shrink by 13%, and should have about 600 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Fabric and apparel patternmakers are less likely to be automated than 96% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for fabric and apparel patternmakers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most fabric and apparel patternmakers earn.
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Gender
Women account for 39% of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers -- that's a larger percentage than 51% of other jobs.
Gender of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, the median men's salary was 2% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 26% of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers are minority, and 33% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (33%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of fabric and apparel patternmakers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (75%)
  • Consequence of Error (57%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (fabric and apparel patternmakers). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for fabric and apparel patternmakers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers.
Distribution: Salaries for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Specialized Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $32KAll jobs' median $45K$32K$45K18$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire fabric and apparel patternmakers.
Employers of Specialized Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers (ACS)
Private for-profit (91.4%)
Private not-for-profit (2.5%)
Local government (1.4%)
State government (0.3%)
Federal government (0.2%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (3.0%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
$30K$30K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Private for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of fabric and apparel patternmakers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty fabric and apparel patternmakers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers and gender

With 39% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 51% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers
Men (61%)
Women (39%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%. The situation is better for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, with the median salary for men only 1.7% higher than the median salary for women.

$29K$30K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers have one of the smaller inequity calculations, with the increase for men's median salary over women's median salary in this job lower than that for 89% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a higher percentage of minority specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers than for 77% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers
White (65% )
Black (15% )
Other (9% )
Asian (8% )
American Indian (1% )
Multiracial (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers by nativity
$29K$31K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 13% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 51% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for full-time workers.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by fabric and apparel patternmakers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fabric and apparel patternmakers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Education attained by specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers? Below we see the distribution of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers salaries based on the education attained.

$27K$29K$33K$49K$40K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (30%)High School (37%)Some College (17%)Associate's/Cert. (6%)Bachelor's Degree (9%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers

What jobs will most specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list? For specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, there isn't a lot of action in this chart! This isn't a career that invites much moving around.

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Lateral job transitions for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies the one job which was held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers as well as 1% of respondents after working as specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most fabric and apparel patternmakers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as fabric and apparel patternmakers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where fabric and apparel patternmakers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all specialized textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which fabric and apparel patternmakers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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