Median pay for Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers in the United States is around $15.05 per hour. For the most part, Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, a majority are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by over a third and dental insurance is reported by close to one-fourth. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$23,178 - $49,665
(Median)
$23K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,217
10%
50%
90%

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$9.78 - $23.20
(Median)
$9
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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 - $51,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $23.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.13  
Overtime
$13.59 - $35.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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 - $51,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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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Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers who take on a higher-level position such as Certified Medical Assistant may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Certified Medical Assistants on average bring home $28K.

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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $27K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer Salaries

Patternmaking
up arrow 7%

National Average
$32,000

Sewing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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