Seamstress Salary

Seamstresss in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.69 per hour for pay. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Seamstresss, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a fifth, and roughly one in eight earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,000 - $38,414
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $29,478
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$8.57 - $19.48
(Median)
$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $11.00
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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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,000 - $38,414  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $974  
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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$18,044 - $40,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.57 - $19.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.61  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $974  
   
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).
)
$18,044 - $40,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 624
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Job Description for Seamstress

A seamstress cuts and sews clothes, which includes stitching, tailoring, and mending. In certain positions, some fashion design might be required. Seamstresses may also alter clothing to ensure it best fits customers in settings such as clothing stores; in this setting, they need to be able to measure customers and alter (or in some cases create) clothing that fits these measurements. Being able to use a sewing machine is essential for this position, as is the ability to attach zippers and buttons to garments as required. Some recordkeeping duties - such as keeping track of measurements and materials - may be necessary.

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Seamstress Tasks

  • Inspect and identify flaws in products.
  • Hand stitch to complete, correct, and finish products.
  • Interpret patterns and operate sewing equipment to create products to specification.
  • Make alterations or conduct fittings, and measure for appropriate size.

Common Career Paths for Seamstress


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Seamstresss often transition into Tailor positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers earn $30K per year.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress


Job skills reported by Seamstresss are limited. Most notably, skills in Design, Patternmaking, alterations, and Sewing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Patternmaking tend to be well versed in alterations.

Pay by Experience Level for Seamstress

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Seamstresss, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $23K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $24K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $25K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $26K.

Seamstress Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Seamstress in St. Louis:
"To New Seamstresses..."
Stay original! You can alter something to make it look better but don't copy and always try to keep your prices either lower than your competitors or provide products that are so high quality that your competitors have to go out of business, because they can't compete at all.

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Experience Affects Seamstress Salaries


Experienced
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National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Seamstress Salaries

Design
up arrow 5%

Patternmaking
up arrow 4%

alterations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Sewing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 79%
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