The average Alteration Tailor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.57 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and about one-half have dental, as well. The vast majority of Alteration Tailors (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$13,277 - $52,851
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$31K
$53K
MEDIAN: $30,520
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$10.14 - $25.75
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$13,277 - $52,851  
   
Bonus
$650  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$21,390 - $55,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $36.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$650  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$21,390 - $55,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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Job Description for Alteration Tailor

Alteration tailors typically work for department stores, small businesses such as bridal stores, or independently to alter garments in accordance with clients' specifications. This may include shortening or lengthening sleeves or modifying or lowering collars or taper sides of garments, and it's also common to shorten or lengthen trousers. They must always ensure that clients' sizes are accurate and proper and maintain a clean and organized tailor shop, and they must also keep track of sewing supplies to ensure that the shop has enough needles of different sizes, various types and colors of threads, lining materials, and so on.

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Alteration Tailor Tasks

  • Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.
  • Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
  • Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.
  • Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.
  • Chalk garments using industry standard methods to indicate the alterations to be made.

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Pay by Experience Level for Alteration Tailor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Alteration Tailors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $29K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $32K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $38K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Alteration Tailor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$34,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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