Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salary

Pay for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.46 per hour. Most Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,679 - $50,251
(Median)
$21K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,732
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50%
90%

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$9.87 - $22.10
(Median)
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,679 - $50,251  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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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$20,881 - $50,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $22.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.86  
Overtime
$15.83 - $31.09  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,250  
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).
)
$20,881 - $50,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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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Although many Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers transition into Certified Medical Assistant roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $28K.

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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 Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $26K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $31K. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $32K. 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

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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