Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salary

Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers in the United States take home approximately $14.58 per hour on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to more than two-fifths, and nearly one in five earn dental coverage. There are far more female Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 83 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$20,121 - $50,223

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$9.89 - $20.69

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,121 - $50,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$21,107 - $49,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $20.69  
   
Overtime
$13.86 - $27.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$21,107 - $49,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $32K. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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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
83 %
Male
17 %

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: 44% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 55%
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