Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

27-1022 Fashion Designers

Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
17,840 6.4 % $35.43 $73,690 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.99 $21.53 $30.78 $42.88 $62.20
Annual Wage (2) $33,260 $44,790 $64,030 $89,180 $129,380


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 7,320 5.05 $33.62 $69,940
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,840 2.41 $39.73 $82,630
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,370 0.11 $43.28 $90,020
Specialized Design Services 1,430 1.13 $32.91 $68,460
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,040 0.28 (8) (8)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 7,320 5.05 $33.62 $69,940
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,840 2.41 $39.73 $82,630
Specialized Design Services 1,430 1.13 $32.91 $68,460
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 120 1.05 $25.56 $53,160
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 100 0.83 $29.24 $60,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,370 0.11 $43.28 $90,020
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,840 2.41 $39.73 $82,630
Employment Services 350 0.01 $36.73 $76,410
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $36.19 $75,280
Clothing Stores (8) (8) $34.37 $71,490


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,190 0.82 6.18 $38.89 $80,890
California 5,750 0.38 2.88 $35.23 $73,270
Texas 500 0.04 0.34 $29.11 $60,550
New Jersey 340 0.09 0.66 $35.61 $74,070
Massachusetts 270 0.08 0.61 $36.96 $76,870



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,190 0.82 6.18 $38.89 $80,890
California 5,750 0.38 2.88 $35.23 $73,270
Vermont 40 0.14 1.08 $23.56 $49,010
New Hampshire 90 0.14 1.04 $35.20 $73,210
Kansas 180 0.13 0.99 $26.45 $55,010



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,190 0.82 6.18 $38.89 $80,890
Massachusetts 270 0.08 0.61 $36.96 $76,870
New Jersey 340 0.09 0.66 $35.61 $74,070
California 5,750 0.38 2.88 $35.23 $73,270
New Hampshire 90 0.14 1.04 $35.20 $73,210




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,030 1.30 9.88 $38.93 $80,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,130 1.02 7.71 $35.74 $74,340
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.35 2.67 $34.33 $71,400
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 260 0.19 1.47 $32.26 $67,110
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 250 0.20 1.50 $33.42 $69,520
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 210 0.09 0.71 $28.88 $60,070
Kansas City, MO-KS 200 0.20 1.48 $23.00 $47,840
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 190 0.11 0.82 $37.08 $77,130
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.19 1.40 $37.38 $77,750
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.14 1.09 $39.93 $83,060



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,030 1.30 9.88 $38.93 $80,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,130 1.02 7.71 $35.74 $74,340
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.65 4.94 $37.73 $78,480
Boulder, CO 70 0.41 3.13 $28.93 $60,170
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.35 2.67 $34.33 $71,400
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 50 0.26 1.96 $34.70 $72,170
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.21 1.58 (8) (8)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 250 0.20 1.50 $33.42 $69,520
Kansas City, MO-KS 200 0.20 1.48 $23.00 $47,840
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 260 0.19 1.47 $32.26 $67,110



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL 80 0.06 0.44 $46.76 $97,250
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.14 1.09 $39.93 $83,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,030 1.30 9.88 $38.93 $80,970
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.65 4.94 $37.73 $78,480
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.19 1.40 $37.38 $77,750
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 190 0.11 0.82 $37.08 $77,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,130 1.02 7.71 $35.74 $74,340
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 50 0.26 1.96 $34.70 $72,170
Columbus, OH (8) (8) (8) $34.62 $72,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.35 2.67 $34.33 $71,400


About May 2014 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015