Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salary

An average Tailor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.61 per hour. There are far more female Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and just under a fourth earn dental coverage. The majority of Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$19,966 - $50,335
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,085
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$9.88 - $20.43
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,966 - $50,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $805  
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 - $48,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $20.43  
   
Overtime
$13.86 - $27.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $805  
   
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 - $48,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Many Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers transition into upper-level roles like Certified Medical Assistant. However, Certified Medical Assistants do report a slightly lower median income of $28K per year.

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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $26K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $32K. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 55%
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