Most Seamstresss in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.29 per hour. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly more than a fifth, and roughly one in seven earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,373 - $48,380
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$48K
MEDIAN: $30,512
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$9.46 - $19.65
(Median)
$9
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,373 - $48,380  
   
Bonus
$97.44 - $1,216  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$4,600  
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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$19,984 - $41,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $19.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$9.70 - $30.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$97.44 - $1,216  
   
Commission
$4,600  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$19,984 - $41,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 449
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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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At the upper end, Seamstresss who move into an Alteration Tailor role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $31K per year.

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Popular Skills for Seamstress


Survey takers who work as 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, with boosts between 4 percent and 17 percent. Most people skilled in Patternmaking are similarly competent in alterations.

Pay by Experience Level for Seamstress

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Seamstresss with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $24K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $25K. For Seamstresss, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Seamstresss with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $31K.

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Experience Affects Seamstress Salaries



National Average
$26,000



Skills That Affect Seamstress Salaries

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National Average
$26,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 22%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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