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. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,574 - $53,638
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$32K
$54K
MEDIAN: $31,800
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$10.20 - $26.18
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MEDIAN: $16.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,574 - $53,638  
   
Bonus
$400.00  
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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$22,567 - $55,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $26.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.71  
Overtime
$1.64 - $36.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$400.00  
   
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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$22,567 - $55,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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

  • 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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Key Stats for Alteration Tailor

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
57%
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Experience Affects Alteration Tailor Salaries

Late-Career
▲9%

National Average
$35,000

Experienced
▼2%

Mid-Career
▼11%

Entry-Level
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
57%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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