Seamstress Salary

Women account for the majority of Seamstresss in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.68 per hour. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly one-fifth enjoy medical while close to one-seventh get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around a tenth. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,200 - $37,964
(Median)
$16K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $28,500
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90%

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$8.48 - $19.62
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,200 - $37,964  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
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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$17,877 - $41,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.48 - $19.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $972  
   
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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$17,877 - $41,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 585

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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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Many Seamstresss move into a Tailor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $30K per year.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress


Survey takers who work as Seamstresss usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Design, Patternmaking, alterations, and Sewing are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Patternmaking also know alterations.

Pay by Experience Level for Seamstress

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $23K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $24K. Seamstresss see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seamstresss who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $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
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Patternmaking
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alterations
0%

National Average
$25,000

Sewing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 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
25%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 79%