Seamstress Salary (United States)

Seamstresss in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $11.28 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around one in five enjoy medical while 15 percent get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to 11 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Seamstress Salary (?
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$18,121 - $39,732
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MEDIAN: $28,500
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Seamstress Salary (?
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$8.18 - $18.95
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,121 - $39,732  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
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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$17,121 - $40,373  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.18 - $18.95  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $23.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
   
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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$17,121 - $40,373  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 549
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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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For Seamstresss, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a Tailor will earn an extra $5,620 annually than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress

Survey takers who work as Seamstresss typically report just a few professional skills. Design and Patternmaking are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent respectively. Competency in Patternmaking frequently indicates knowledge of Sewing.

Pay by Experience Level for Seamstress

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Seamstresss, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. At career start, salaries are typically $22K, which grows to $24K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $25K after 10 to 20 years. As Seamstresss reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $25K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Seamstresss report having spent more than 20 years on the job followed by those with one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Boston
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National Average
$24,000
Atlanta
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Seamstresss, 37 percent higher than the national average. Seamstresss will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Seamstress Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$24,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Seamstress Salaries

Design
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Patternmaking
up arrow 4%
alterations
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National Average
$24,000
Sewing
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
99%
female alumni
 
Male
1%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 79%
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