Salary for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

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Also known as:  Alterations Sewer, Alterations Tailor, Bridal Gown Fitter, Coat Cutter, Coat Maker, Couture Dressmaker, Dress Fitter, Fur Tailor, Garment Fitter, Suit Maker helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Tailors, dressmakers and custom sewers fit design, create, alter or repair clothing garments using needle and thread or sewing machines. Completion of vocational school or an associate's degree is sometimes necessary to be considered for this position, but not always. An employer might require up to two years of on-site job training after being hired for this job.

A Tailor, Dressmaker, or Custom Sewer earns an average salary ranging from $20,940 - $58,050 based on education and experience. usually receive average salaries of thirty-six thousand and fourty dollars each year.

obtain the highest salaries in District of Columbia, where they get salary pay of approximately $48,370. Employees who work in this job make the greatest compensation in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they can get average job salaries of $62,530.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 47.28 percent nationwide in that time.


Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Public Administration
Retail Trade
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