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Seamstress Salary

Most Seamstresss in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $11.70 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Around one in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in seven collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Seamstresss, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,754 - $37,702
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $29,106
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$8.50 - $19.55
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,754 - $37,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $825  
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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$17,918 - $41,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.50 - $19.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.66  
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 - $825  
   
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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$17,918 - $41,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 595

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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.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress


Seamstresss who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Design, Patternmaking, alterations, and Sewing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Patternmaking are, more often than not, also skilled in alterations.

Pay by Experience Level for Seamstress

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


For Seamstresss, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $23K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $24K. Seamstresss claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $26K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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
up arrow 3%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Seamstress Salaries

Design
up arrow 5%

Patternmaking
up arrow 3%

alterations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Sewing
up arrow 1%

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
24%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

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