How Much Do Tailors and Dressmakers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Tailors and Dressmakers

Tailors and Dressmakers design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$36040 per year
Hourly wage
$17 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$20,940 to $25,570 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $12 per hour

Entry-level Tailors, Dressmakers and Custom Sewers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $20,940 to $25,570 per year or $10 to $12 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Tailors, Dressmakers and Custom Sewers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $28 $58,050
Senior (Top 25%) $22 $44,920
Middle (Mid 50%) $16 $32,640
Junior (Bottom 25%) $12 $25,570
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $20,940

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $23 $48,370
CA $22 $46,770
MA $22 $45,670
AZ $21 $44,070
CT $21 $43,820
OR $21 $43,220
NY $21 $42,870
NJ $20 $41,320
CO $20 $40,960
NV $19 $39,560

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Tailor, Dressmaker and Custom Sewer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Tailors and Dressmakers are in the states of DC, CA, MA, AZ and CT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Management of Companies and Enterprises $62530 $30.06
General Merchandise Stores $53480 $25.71
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $43540 $20.93
Performing Arts Companies $41030 $19.72
Traveler Accommodation $40770 $19.60
Other Schools and Instruction $40210 $19.33
Specialized Design Services $39820 $19.15
Gambling Industries $39700 $19.08
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $39400 $18.94
Other Textile Product Mills $39380 $18.93
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing $38720 $18.62
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $38540 $18.53
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $36000 $17.31
Clothing Stores $33990 $16.34
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $33360 $16.04
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $33020 $15.87
Textile Furnishings Mills $32830 $15.78
Rental and Leasing Services $31700 $15.24
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance $31680 $15.23
Drycleaning and Laundry Services $31600 $15.19
Printing and Related Support Activities $31490 $15.14
Employment Services $31150 $14.98
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing $26160 $12.58
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