Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salary

Pay for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.61 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to more than two-fifths, and between a fifth and a fourth earn dental coverage. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. Most Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,966 - $50,335
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,085
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$9.88 - $20.43
(Median)
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$20
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: 2 Jul 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: 2 Jul 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 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 $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers make $32K following one to two decades on the job. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

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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