What are typical upholsterer salaries?

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frankie56 in Antioch, California

76 months ago

Host said: Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

the upholstery trade is a dieing art here in the USA
example I have 38 years of working in this trade and in 1991 I made $20 per hour at a custom upholstery shop and I had good benefits to go along with that
today if I would get a job like I had 20 years ago I would get the same pay with less benefits and that's in the San Francisco bay area and in other areas the pay would be less unless you are working for your self forget the trade and become a plumber or electrician
but if you cant help your self and you really like the upholstery trade then learn all you can cut sew spring up complete upholstery preferably from an old timer who has the experience and if something is to difficult to upholster you are doing something wrong a upholsterer has to be patient

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red the best in Pompano Beach, Florida

76 months ago

WHAT EVER YOU SAID WAS 100% CORRECT..I WAS BORN IN MY FATHERS UPH SHOP, ALMOST.. I GREW UP WITH ALL THE OLD MASTERS WHO BUCKEYED IN THE SHOP AT NIGHT. I WAS A GOOD WATCHER, AND LEARNED TO MUCH.I BECAME A VERY GOOD UPH.AND TRIED MY OWN FORMULARS AS WELL. I COULD CUT , SEW TUFT. I ALSO DESIGNED AND MADE MY FRAMES WHEN I HAD TIME.I DONE GREAT SPRING EDGE SPRINGING. NOW AFTER ALL MY MASTERING OF THIS TRADE I BECAME EXTINCT. NO ONE DOES REUPH. ANYMORE. ALL THAT LEARNING IS WASTED. BUT I ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT IN THE TRADE. GOOD LUCK IN WHATEVER YOU DO.HAVE PATIENCE.....

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papasage in Fitzgerald, Georgia

70 months ago

looking for some one to take over buisness . have a good clintell. 47 years ready to retire . will help out and will finance .

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G ROBINSON in Perth, Australia

11 months ago

red the best in Pompano Beach, Florida said: WHAT EVER YOU SAID WAS 100% CORRECT..I WAS BORN IN MY FATHERS UPH SHOP, ALMOST.. I GREW UP WITH ALL THE OLD MASTERS WHO BUCKEYED IN THE SHOP AT NIGHT. I WAS A GOOD WATCHER, AND LEARNED TO MUCH.I BECAME A VERY GOOD UPH.AND TRIED MY OWN FORMULARS AS WELL. I COULD CUT , SEW TUFT. I ALSO DESIGNED AND MADE MY FRAMES WHEN I HAD TIME.I DONE GREAT SPRING EDGE SPRINGING. NOW AFTER ALL MY MASTERING OF THIS TRADE I BECAME EXTINCT. NO ONE DOES REUPH. ANYMORE. ALL THAT LEARNING IS WASTED. BUT I ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT IN THE TRADE. GOOD LUCK IN WHATEVER YOU DO.HAVE PATIENCE.....

Re upholstery has come back in fashion for the people that want that old piece from grandma re upholstered. I have been in this trade since 1963 and still doing it at age 66 (2015) I leave the modern stuff alone, because it is cheap and nasty and they can buy another of same quality, that will be worn out in 2 -3 years. Yes you are correct, Upholsterers must be patient and perfectionist in this trade. I love the satisfaction I see in my clients faces. :-)

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Saywhat? in Bremerton, Washington

9 months ago

The best skill to raise your pay has nothing to do with upholstery. And everything to do with learning how to sell.

You might want to learn to sell your value, your skill, your knowledge, and your ability.

The next thing is to learn how to or get over the fear of asking for more money.

Now this is more for a business owner then an employee, but, but if the company you work for does this you can profit from the increase of income as well.

If you work for someone who is afraid to ask for more money, and or does not know how to sell the value of upholstery, then find a shop or build a shop that does. This is the main skill to success in upholstery or any other small business.

NOTHING is worst then working for someone who only knows how to lower price to get work. Run, Run, Run. Better to pull out your own finger nails then stay. You only want to work for the highest priced shops. Stay far, far, far away from the Walmart of upholstery. Find the Nostrums of upholstery. A shop that only wants to work with the well healed financially. I"m not saying only people with $200,000 sports cars, who live on the water, and vacation on the Riviera, but they should be up in the higher income earners. They have the money and will, WILL, spend it if you know how to ask.

How can I say such a thing? Well, I have learned from 30 years of struggle. Don't get me wrong, I worked hard, hard, hard but was poor, poor, poor for most of my career. I must like struggle. Some times I did not have money to by food for the family even when working 60 or 70 hours a week. I learned and those who don't, don't do upholstery for very long. I am just dumber then most I guess.

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sirkjeff in Wilbraham, Massachusetts

4 months ago

wow, I see a lot of job agency's posting for $10 an hour, i guess i could post wanting someone to paint my house for $500 too. If your a master upholsterer. you can get what your worth. I had a shop for 15 years. More work than I could do. Finding someone that new what they were doing was impossible. Yes, I agree with the reply, find a shop that charges enough. if your working for cut throat upholstery? then ..... Its a waiting game, stay away from the factorys. I get $1000 labor for doing a sofa, You can be in business for less than $5000, you dont need to rent anything fancy. contact all the local interior decorators. throw some ads on craigslist. trust me your be making 60k a year in your first year, as long as your not a hack. I started to successful shops in my lifetime. if you have to be ambitious. its not a dying trade, its a rare trade. big difference.

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Saywhat in Seattle, Washington

4 months ago

On the business side:

As a side note on the upholstery business. I have learned that the best way to keep out competition is to raise prices. Realize that this makes no sense in our low, low, low price economy, but if I raise my prices, I have more money to spend on my business, can now hire better people, put more into advertising, having good tools and equipment, invest in courting the best buyers with the most money and so on, and oh ha, education and training if need be. All working to make my business better and better and better and building a better and better name. This mass of growth keeps out competition because it raises the bar higher and higher and higher. For another shop to come in now, they will have to meet me on my playing field. But yes there will be the lower price guys who come into the business trying to steel my business.

But if I am the low price guy for one, I am really only looking for the lower end dollar spenders who are focusing more on price then anything else. They want a deal but a good deal. In that line this leads me to making less money for about the same amount of upholstery work. This low price marketing strategy means I have no money to spend on the necessities of business like good people, a nice shop. a nice dependable van or truck, nice tools, and on and on and on.

Now if I do want to raise my prices, the first thing that will happen is all the low price bargain shoppers will leave. So there goes my customer base so I have to start from scratch again.

Sorry out of time to write.

If someone comments maybe I can write more.

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