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Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salary

Median pay for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers in the United States is around $14.61 per hour. Nearly two in five enjoy medical while nearly one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in six. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. 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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$9.75 - $20.75
(Median)
$9
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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 - $795  
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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$20,851 - $49,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $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 - $795  
   
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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$20,851 - $49,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80

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Job Description for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer

  • 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 $27K 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.


For Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $33K.

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Experience Affects Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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
20%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 57%