Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salary

Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers in the United States pull down an average of $15.09 per hour. The vast majority (82 percent) of Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who took the survey are female. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and the greater part lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just over two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-fourth. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$22,000 - $46,000
$22K
$30K
$46K
MEDIAN: $30,017
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50%
90%

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$9.83 - $20.59
$9
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,000 - $46,000  
   
Bonus
$3,500  
Profit Sharing
$950  
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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$20,634 - $44,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $20.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$21.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$3,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$950  
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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$20,634 - $44,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer


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Many Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers move into Certified Medical Assistant roles. Certified Medical Assistants seem to make a little less than Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers as their salaries average out to $28K a 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $36K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $32K by contrast.

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Key Stats for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲11%

Late-Career
▲2%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
▼20%

Skills That Affect Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Patternmaking
▲8%

National Average
$32,000

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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