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Alteration Tailor Salary (United States)

Alteration Tailors in the United States can expect wages of $14.56 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Alteration Tailors is high. A little over a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, just over two-fifths report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Female Alteration Tailors make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent.
Alteration Tailor Salary (?
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$27,404 - $61,277
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MEDIAN: $39,996
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Alteration Tailor Salary (?
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$9.81 - $24.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,404 - $61,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,004  
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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$20,573 - $52,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $24.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,004  
   
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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$20,573 - $52,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Job Description for Alteration Tailor

  • 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.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $26K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. Alteration Tailors bring in $31K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $32K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$31,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Alteration Tailors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Alteration Tailors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+3 percent).

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Experience Affects Alteration Tailor Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$31,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 53%