Seamstress Salary

Most Seamstresss in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $11.91 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in five, and one in seven earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,271 - $40,250
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,575
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$8.99 - $19.66
(Median)
$9
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,271 - $40,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $626  
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
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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$18,968 - $41,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $19.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.55  
Overtime
$1.53 - $26.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $626  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,000  
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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$18,968 - $41,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 682
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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 end up in upper-level roles like Tailor. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers bring home $30K annually on average.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress


Professional skills reported by Seamstresss are few in number. 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Seamstresss — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $23K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Seamstresss make a median salary of $26K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $29K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Seamstress Salaries

Design
up arrow 17%


alterations
0%

National Average
$25,000

Sewing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 77%
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