An average Upholsterer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.92 per hour. Although just over a half lack health benefits of any kind, a little less than one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. Male Upholsterers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Upholsterer
Upholsterers are responsible for installing and repairing fillings and coverings for seats and other furniture in cars and boats, and may also be tasked with cleaning dirt and stains from upholstery. They typically must provide price quotes prior to beginning work, so strong customer service skills are important for attracting and retaining new clients, and they may also travel from place to place to complete jobs.Read More...
Upholsterers may work with several types of materials, such as fabric, leather, and padding, and close attention to detail is important in this position to produce quality work. The use of hand and power tools may be necessary, and they must also be able to lift heavy items, bend and kneel, or stand for long periods of time. Mathematical skills are also important for performing measurements for materials. Upholsterers often work independently, so it's important that they are able to meet deadlines, and cutting and sewing skills are also beneficial. They must always pay attention to profitability and cost-saving methods, and some positions require prior experience in the field while others allow on-the-job training or may allow a new upholsterer to be an apprentice to a master upholsterer. A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for this position.
- Originally cover or reupholster furniture with fabric or synthetic material.
- Provide restoration services to the wooden or metal frames of reupholstered furniture.
- Customize furniture upholstery design according to designer specifications.
- Measure, cut, stretch, and fasten coverings to frames of furniture.
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Pay by Experience Level for Upholsterer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Upholsterers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $28K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Upholsterers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $40K.