Women comprise the majority of Seamstresss in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $12.31 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Just under a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in six collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Seamstresss, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,511 - $48,165
$21K
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$48K
MEDIAN: $30,685
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$9.44 - $19.76
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MEDIAN: $12.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,511 - $48,165  
   
Bonus
$98.26 - $1,200  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$4,600  
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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$19,980 - $41,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.44 - $19.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$10.17 - $29.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$98.26 - $1,200  
   
Commission
$4,600  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$19,980 - $41,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 453

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Seamstress


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Seamstresss who become Alteration Tailors may see a small rise in pay. On average, Alteration Tailors earn $31K per year.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress


Survey results show that Seamstresss use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in seamstress, Design, Patternmaking, and alterations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 18 percent. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Seamstresss see a median income of $24K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $25K. Seamstresss claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Seamstress generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $31K.

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Key Stats for Seamstress

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
035
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Seamstress Salaries



National Average
$26,000



Skills That Affect Seamstress Salaries

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National Average
$26,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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