Alteration Tailor Salary
Alteration Tailors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.97 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, just over a half have medical insurance and a little less than one-half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Alteration Tailors. Female Alteration Tailors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents.
|Salary||$12,480 - $51,000|
|Total Pay (||$20,853 - $53,255|
|Hourly Rate||$10.21 - $25.09|
|Overtime||$1.53 - $30.91|
|Total Pay (||$20,853 - $53,255|
Job Description for Alteration Tailor
Alteration tailors typically work for department stores, small businesses such as bridal stores, or independently to alter garments in accordance with clients' specifications. This may include shortening or lengthening sleeves or modifying or lowering collars or taper sides of garments, and it's also common to shorten or lengthen trousers. They must always ensure that clients' sizes are accurate and proper and maintain a clean and organized tailor shop, and they must also keep track of sewing supplies to ensure that the shop has enough needles of different sizes, various types and colors of threads, lining materials, and so on.Read More...
Aspiring alteration tailors should have relevant prior experience and/or have attended a vocational school, and they should be able to work independently with minimal or no supervision as well as in a team environment. Alteration tailors must be proficient with basic sewing machines and other relevant instruments, and should also have a good sense of color perception and familiarity with many types of fabric.
Planning skills are necessary in this position, and some alteration tailors may need to work overtime to meet deadlines. They should be flexible to work on rotating shifts and/or weekends, and communication skills and close attention to detail are also important. Interpersonal and customer service skills are necessary for those who communicate directly with clients, and senior alteration tailors may be required to train or coach new employees. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Alteration Tailor Tasks
- Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.
- Chalk garments using industry standard methods to indicate the alterations to be made.
- Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.
- Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.
- Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
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Pay by Experience Level for Alteration Tailor
Pay by Experience for an Alteration Tailor has a positive trend. An entry-level Alteration Tailor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Alteration Tailor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 17 salaries. An experienced Alteration Tailor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 28 salaries. An Alteration Tailor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 56 salaries.
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