How Much Does A Dressmaker Make?

A career as a dressmaker is one of those professions that people don’t undertake because of the promise of lucrative income because frankly, it does not. For those who want to design gowns and women’s clothes and find that turning a piece of cloth into something truly wonderful for a client to wear is no doubt very satisfying.

Dressmaking is also a highly entrepreneurial venture. Those who have the guts to break free from the fold and establish their own dress shops stand a higher chance of earning more and even providing employment to other dressmakers.

Average Dressmaker Annual Salary

$30,670

The average annual salary for dressmakers is $30,670 a year. Salaries start at $19,170 a year and go up to $46,960 a year.

Average Dressmaker Hourly Wage

$14.74

The average hourly wage for a dressmaker is $14.74. Hourly wages were between $9.22 and $22.58 an hour.

Stats were based out of 21,660 employed dressmakers in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Dressmaker

$46,960/year $22.58/hour

(Top 10% of Dressmakers)


Senior Dressmaker

$36,560/year $17.58/hour

(Top 25% of Dressmakers)


Mid Level Dressmaker

$28,240/year $13.58/hour

(Median)


Junior Dressmaker

$22,270/year $10.71/hour

(Bottom 25% of Dressmakers)


Entry Level Dressmaker

$19,170/year $9.22/hour

(Bottom 10% of Dressmakers)


Dressmaker Average Salary Comparison

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers
$48k / year
$23 / hour
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers
$35k / year
$17 / hour
Upholsterers
$34k / year
$16 / hour
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
$30k / year
$14 / hour
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other
$30k / year
$14 / hour
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders
$28k / year
$13 / hour
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$28k / year
$13 / hour
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$28k / year
$13 / hour
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
$27k / year
$13 / hour
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders
$26k / year
$12 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Dressmakers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Dressmakers

Dressmaker Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 District of Columbia $21.71 $45,150
#2 Connecticut $20.93 $43,530
#3 Minnesota $20.78 $43,230
#4 Georgia $18.08 $37,620
#5 California $17.28 $35,930
#6 New Hampshire $17.13 $35,630
#7 Arizona $16.96 $35,290
#8 Nevada $16.26 $33,830
#9 Illinois $16.13 $33,560
#10 New Jersey $16.08 $33,450
#11 Massachusetts $15.95 $33,180
#12 Maryland $15.87 $33,020
#13 Tennessee $15.47 $32,180
#14 Delaware $15.33 $31,880
#15 Ohio $15.11 $31,430
#16 Maine $14.91 $31,010
#17 Washington $14.77 $30,720
#18 Utah $14.73 $30,630
#19 Oregon $14.72 $30,610
#20 Pennsylvania $14.34 $29,830
#21 Hawaii $14.10 $29,340
#22 Nebraska $13.95 $29,010
#23 Michigan $13.87 $28,840
#24 Florida $13.86 $28,820
#25 Iowa $13.73 $28,560
#26 Wisconsin $13.56 $28,210
#27 South Carolina $13.46 $27,990
#28 Virginia $13.41 $27,890
#29 Missouri $13.25 $27,550
#30 Kentucky $12.90 $26,830
#31 Texas $12.87 $26,760
#32 Idaho $12.59 $26,180
#33 Colorado $12.10 $25,180
#34 North Carolina $12.07 $25,110
#35 Oklahoma $12.01 $24,980
#36 Alabama $12.01 $24,980
#37 Indiana $11.85 $24,650
#38 Montana $11.81 $24,570
#39 Louisiana $11.44 $23,790
#40 Mississippi $10.87 $22,610
#41 West Virginia $10.80 $22,460
#42 Arkansas $10.62 $22,080
#43 Puerto Rico $8.59 $17,880

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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