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Alteration Tailor Salary

An average Alteration Tailor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.77 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Alteration Tailors survey respondents are women (77 percent). While some workers in this profession — approximately half — do not have any health coverage, just over two-fifths do receive medical benefits and nearly two in five have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Alteration Tailors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$27,614 - $60,820
(Median)
$28K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,310
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$10.13 - $24.28
(Median)
$10
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,614 - $60,820  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $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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$21,243 - $51,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $24.28  
   
Overtime
$5.38 - $34.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$325.00 - $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).
)
$21,243 - $51,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96

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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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $27K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $32K. Alteration Tailors see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Alteration Tailors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $36K.

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Experience Affects Alteration Tailor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 51%