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Seamstress Salary (United States)

Seamstresss in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.28 per hour for pay. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Close to one-fifth enjoy medical while approximately one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a tenth. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed 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  
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  
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 $30K annually.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress

Typical Seamstresss report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Design, Patternmaking, alterations, and Sewing are correlated to pay that is above average. Sewing is a skill commonly found among those who know Patternmaking.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $22K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $24K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $25K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents 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
up arrow 9%
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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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%