Seamstress Salary (United States)

Most Seamstresss in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $11.28 per hour;. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. 20 percent enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and 11 percent get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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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  
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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 advancement usually has a positive, and rather large, impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Tailor will earn $5,620 more than someone not as far along in their career.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress

Job skills reported by Seamstresss are limited. 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.
Seamstresss with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Though starting salaries approximate $22K, they climb to $24K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $25K. Seamstresss who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $25K. The majority of Seamstresss have only more than 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with one to 10 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with 10 to 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Boston
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National Average
$24,000
Atlanta
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For Seamstresss, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Seamstresss will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average.

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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
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alterations
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National Average
$24,000
Sewing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 82 votes.

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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