Seamstress Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Seamstresss in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $11.72 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Seamstresss is high. Just under one-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to one-eighth collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,121 - $38,326
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $29,400
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$8.57 - $19.51
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,121 - $38,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $974  
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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$18,055 - $40,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.57 - $19.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $974  
   
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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$18,055 - $40,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 625
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Design, Patternmaking, alterations, and Sewing are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Patternmaking are 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $23K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $24K on average. For Seamstresss, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $26K. Seamstresss who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Seamstress Advice

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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

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Seamstress Salaries

Design
up arrow 5%

Patternmaking
up arrow 4%

alterations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Sewing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 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: 19% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 79%
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