Seamstresses are employed in a variety of industries, with the top among them being clothing stores, cut-and-sew apparel manufacturing, department stores and personal and household goods repair and maintenance industries, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Seamstresses, dressmakers, custom sewers and tailors may also find employment in the laundry and dry-cleaning sector or work on their own independently.
The majority of seamstresses work in clothing stores, notes the BLS. Around 6,880 seamstresses worked in clothing stores as of 2012, with an average hourly mean wage of $14.46 or $30,070 per year. This was followed by the personal and household goods repair and maintenance sector, with 2,990 seamstress jobs paying around $12.92 per hour or $26,870 per year.
The top-paying industry for seamstresses is in department stores, states the BLS. Seamstresses working in department stores make a mean hourly wage of $18.22 an hour or roughly $37,910 annually. This is followed by jobs for seamstresses in the warehousing and storage industry, where the mean hourly wage is $17.44 per hour or $36,280 annually. States with the highest concentration of seamstresses include California, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Top-paying locations for seamstresses include the District of Columbia, where seamstresses make an average of $20.07 per hour; Arizona, where the mean hourly wage is $17.86; and Minnesota, a state where seamstresses make around $17.45 per hour on average.