Alteration Tailor Salary
Alteration Tailors in the United States pull down an average of $16.96 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (86 percent) of Alteration Tailors who took the survey are female. Work is enjoyable for Alteration Tailors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — more than two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, just over a half do receive medical benefits and a little less than half have dental insurance.
|Salary||$19,574 - $53,638|
|Total Pay (||$22,567 - $55,322|
|Hourly Rate||$10.20 - $26.18|
|Overtime||$1.64 - $36.12|
|Total Pay (||$22,567 - $55,322|
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.Read More...
Aspiring alteration tailors should have relevant prior experience and/or have attended a vocational school, and they should be able to work independently with minimal or no supervision as well as in a team environment. Alteration tailors must be proficient with basic sewing machines and other relevant instruments, and should also have a good sense of color perception and familiarity with many types of fabric.
Planning skills are necessary in this position, and some alteration tailors may need to work overtime to meet deadlines. They should be flexible to work on rotating shifts and/or weekends, and communication skills and close attention to detail are also important. Interpersonal and customer service skills are necessary for those who communicate directly with clients, and senior alteration tailors may be required to train or coach new employees.
Alteration Tailor Tasks
- Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.
- Chalk garments using industry standard methods to indicate the alterations to be made.
- Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.
- Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.
- Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
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Pay by Experience Level for Alteration Tailor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Alteration Tailors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $30K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $31K. Alteration Tailors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Alteration Tailor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $38K on average.
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