Alteration Tailor Salary
The average Alteration Tailor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.57 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and about one-half have dental, as well. The vast majority of Alteration Tailors (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Aspiring alteration tailors should have relevant prior experience and/or have attended a vocational school, and they should be able to work independently with minimal or no supervision as well as in a team environment. Alteration tailors must be proficient with basic sewing machines and other relevant instruments, and should also have a good sense of color perception and familiarity with many types of fabric.
Planning skills are necessary in this position, and some alteration tailors may need to work overtime to meet deadlines. They should be flexible to work on rotating shifts and/or weekends, and communication skills and close attention to detail are also important. Interpersonal and customer service skills are necessary for those who communicate directly with clients, and senior alteration tailors may be required to train or coach new employees.
Alteration Tailor Tasks
- 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.
Alteration Tailors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $29K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $32K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $38K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.