Seamstress Salary

Most Seamstresss in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $11.75 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Just under one in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-eighth collect dental insurance. The majority of Seamstresss claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,121 - $38,326

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$8.67 - $19.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,121 - $38,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
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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$18,231 - $40,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $19.50  
   
Overtime
$0.41 - $26.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $971  
   
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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$18,231 - $40,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 628
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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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Advancing into a Tailor role seems to be a popular career move for Seamstresss, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $30K per year.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress


Seamstresss only report a few 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $23K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $24K. Seamstresss with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $26K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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
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Skills That Affect Seamstress Salaries

Design
up arrow 5%

Patternmaking
up arrow 4%

alterations
0%

National Average
$25,000

Sewing
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
15%
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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