Alteration Tailor Salary

Alteration Tailors in the United States pull down an average of $14.92 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the vast majority of Alteration Tailors (80 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and nearly two in five receive dental plans.

$19,379 - $61,277
(Median)
$19K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,452
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$10.10 - $24.67
(Median)
$10
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,379 - $61,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
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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$21,078 - $52,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $24.67  
   
Overtime
$5.42 - $37.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
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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$21,078 - $52,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $27K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $31K. For Alteration Tailors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $31K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $40K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Alteration Tailor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

National Average
$32,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 49%
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