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Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salary

Earnings for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers in the United States come in at around $14.54 per hour on average. Women make up the vast majority of Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers (80 percent) who answered the questionnaire. For the most part, Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little less than a fifth collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$19,966 - $50,335
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,085
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50%
90%

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$9.88 - $20.75
(Median)
$9
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,966 - $50,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $800  
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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$21,064 - $49,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $20.75  
   
Overtime
$13.93 - $25.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $800  
   
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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$21,064 - $49,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80

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Job Description for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer

Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers generally work for specialty clothing sellers at premium levels of service, and common employers include places such as bridal shops and custom, high-end haberdasheries. They may also work at premium clothing service companies, executive dry cleaners, and other tailoring and altering shops.

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Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Tasks

  • Ensure alterations are accurate, complete, and meet specified standards.
  • Mark or pin alteration measurements,
  • Take customer measurements and communicate any necessary alterations.
  • Maintain sewing machines and report any damages or problems.

Common Career Paths for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer


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Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers often transition into a Certified Medical Assistant position. Certified Medical Assistants report a slightly lower median income of $27K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer

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


For many Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $32K. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $32K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 57%
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