What Do Seamstresses Get Paid?

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Seamstresses are a type of textile and apparel worker who produce fabrics and upholstery for clothes and other products. Depending on the type of employer she works for, a seamstress may operate machinery or she may weave fabrics by hand. The amount of money seamstresses get paid depends on her employer and her job title.

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

  • Fabric and apparel patternmakers mark, cut and sew patterns of fabrics used for clothes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they earned an average income of $42,940 as of May 2009. Most worked in the industry of cut and sew apparel manufacturing for the average salary of $46,610, while others worked for apparel, piece goods and notions merchant wholesalers for the average of $52,400 a year.

Tailors, Dressmakers and Custom Sewers

  • Seamstresses who work in local shops, department stores and dry-cleaning stores providing garment altering and repair services for customers earned an average income of $28,300 as of 2009, according to the bureau. In clothing stores the salary average was $30,370, in drycleaning and laundry stores the average was $25,910, and seamstresses working in personal and household goods repair and maintenance earned an average of $30,370 a year.

Sewers, Hand

  • Seamstresses who sewed, reinforced or finished apparel by hand with a needle and thread, including those working as weavers and stitchers, earned an average salary of $24,350 as of 2009. The bureau reports that most worked for apparel, piece goods and notions merchant wholesalers for the average of $24,050, while others worked for clothing stores for an average of $26,000 or in the industry of cut and sew apparel manufacturing for the average of $25,280.

Sewing Machine Operators

  • Seamstresses who operated sewing machines in order to create garments and fabrics for other products earned an average salary of $22,250 as of 2009. According to the bureau, most worked in the industry of cut and sew apparel manufacturing for the average of $20,680 a year. Others worked in textile product mills or textile furnishings mills for salary averages of $22,540 and $22,800 respectively.

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