Inspect, grade, and pair finished surgical hoses, panty hoses, and socks.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pairers do?

Inspects, grades, and pairs finished surgical hose, panty hose, stockings, leotards, and socks, according to grade, color, size, and length: Spreads hose on pairing table or over inspection forms and examines hose for defects, such as pulls, snags, holes, mends, and dye streaks. Classifies hose into grades, following specifications. Positions graded hose over scale on table to measure overall length and length of toe, foot, heel, and welt. Selects pair of identical hose of same grade and stacks hose on table. Tallies each pair in lot by grade. May be designated according to grade or type hose paired as Pairer, Odds; Pairer, Substandard.

Should I be a Pairer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Gauntlet Pairer, Hosiery Pairer, Pairer, Odds, Pairer, Substandard

    How to become a Pairer

    Most Pairers 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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