Alteration Tailor Salary

Alteration Tailors in the United States take home an average $14.92 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Alteration Tailors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — approximately half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately two in five. Women account for the majority of Alteration Tailors who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$19,379 - $61,277
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$19K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,452
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$10.10 - $24.67
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$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: 2 Jul 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: 2 Jul 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.


For many Alteration Tailors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $27K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $31K. Alteration Tailors see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Alteration Tailors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $40K.

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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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