Pad Hand

Cut and assemble fabrics or leathers to form cushioned seat of saddles.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pad Hands do?

Cuts, assembles, and joins fabrics, leather, or other materials to form cushioned seat of saddle: Positions pattern on material and cuts material, using knife or scissors. Positions padding, such as cotton batting, foam rubber, or mohair between covers. Sews edges of covers to form pad, using needle and thread. Inserts pad between leather covers of saddle seat and sews edges of covers to form cushioned seat.


Should I be a Pad Hand?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Pad Cutter and Assembler

    How to become a Pad Hand

    Most Pad Hands have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9sbaab&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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