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Upholsterers

Upholsterers
Quick Facts : Upholsterers*
2010 Median Pay$29,960
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201246,900
Job Outlook4% (Slower than average)
Employment Change2,000


Upholsterers make, replace, and repair coverings on furniture and in vehicles. They affix covering and cushions to create new furniture and update old furniture or vehicle interiors. Although some upholsterers specialize in either working with old furniture or creating new furniture, most do both.

What Upholsterers Do

  • Consult with clients to discuss alterations to the furniture and to help customers choose fabric
  • Estimate costs for the project, including approximate fabric and labor costs
  • Inspect furniture to find needed repairs in the frame, upholstery, and springs
  • Remove and replace old and worn padding, filling, and broken springs
  • Measure, cut, and sew fabric, and attach it to the furniture frame with tacks, staples and glue

Work Environment

Most upholsterers work for household and institutional furniture manufacturers, upholstery shops, and automotive interior repair shops. About 36 percent of workers are self-employed. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of upholsterers is expected to grow by 4 percent from 2010 to 2020 because demand is projected to increase for reupholstering work on used and antique furniture.
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Pay

The average salary of upholsterers in May 2010 was $29,960.
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Upholsterers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Upholsterers

29960

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Upholsterers*
Percent Change in Employment

Upholsterers

4.26439

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Upholsterers

Generally, employers do not have any formal education requirements for upholsterers, but some take classes to learn how to sew and upholsterer furniture.
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