Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.09 per hour. The vast majority (83 percent) of Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although just over a half lack health benefits of any kind, more than two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly one in four get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,178 - $49,665
$23K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,218
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50%
90%

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$9.87 - $22.47
$9
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.09
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,178 - $49,665  
   
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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$20,763 - $50,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $22.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.13  
Overtime
$20.99  
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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$20,763 - $50,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers report making only $33K on average.

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Key Stats for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
040
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Patternmaking
up arrow 7%

National Average
$32,000

up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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