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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
19,750 4.1 % $42.12 $87,610 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.51 $24.38 $34.96 $48.45 $74.75
Annual Wage (2) $36,420 $50,710 $72,720 $100,780 $155,470


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 7,280 4.75 $42.08 $87,530
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,290 0.14 $43.80 $91,110
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,650 0.65 $41.40 $86,110
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,940 2.09 $45.94 $95,560
Specialized Design Services 1,560 1.09 $50.02 $104,040

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 7,280 4.75 $42.08 $87,530
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,940 2.09 $45.94 $95,560
Specialized Design Services 1,560 1.09 $50.02 $104,040
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,650 0.65 $41.40 $86,110
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 40 0.38 $27.80 $57,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 80 0.03 $51.41 $106,920
Specialized Design Services 1,560 1.09 $50.02 $104,040
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,940 2.09 $45.94 $95,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,290 0.14 $43.80 $91,110
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 7,280 4.75 $42.08 $87,530


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 7,550 0.80 5.89 $46.07 $95,830
California 6,480 0.38 2.79 $45.79 $95,250
Florida 540 0.06 0.46 $27.77 $57,770
Oregon 500 0.27 1.96 $36.40 $75,710
Washington 500 0.15 1.11 $32.02 $66,600




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 7,550 0.80 5.89 $46.07 $95,830
California 6,480 0.38 2.79 $45.79 $95,250
Oregon 500 0.27 1.96 $36.40 $75,710
Maine 100 0.16 1.15 $38.72 $80,540
Washington 500 0.15 1.11 $32.02 $66,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alabama (8) (8) (8) $47.30 $98,380
New York 7,550 0.80 5.89 $46.07 $95,830
California 6,480 0.38 2.79 $45.79 $95,250
Maine 100 0.16 1.15 $38.72 $80,540
Massachusetts 460 0.13 0.95 $37.49 $77,990





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,590 0.80 5.86 $45.41 $94,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,350 0.87 6.41 $46.11 $95,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 500 0.21 1.51 $43.64 $90,780
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 480 0.40 2.95 $36.93 $76,800
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 480 0.24 1.76 $32.20 $66,980
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 430 0.16 1.14 $38.47 $80,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 340 0.13 0.93 $37.35 $77,690
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 330 0.13 0.93 $22.55 $46,910
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 150 0.10 0.77 $40.77 $84,800
Columbus, OH 130 0.13 0.94 $36.21 $75,320




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,350 0.87 6.41 $46.11 $95,900
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,590 0.80 5.86 $45.41 $94,460
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 130 0.67 4.92 $52.40 $109,000
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 480 0.40 2.95 $36.93 $76,800
Boulder, CO 50 0.25 1.85 $31.67 $65,860
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 480 0.24 1.76 $32.20 $66,980
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 500 0.21 1.51 $43.64 $90,780
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 430 0.16 1.14 $38.47 $80,020
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 330 0.13 0.93 $22.55 $46,910
Columbus, OH 130 0.13 0.94 $36.21 $75,320




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)
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 130 0.67 4.92 $52.40 $109,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,350 0.87 6.41 $46.11 $95,900
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,590 0.80 5.86 $45.41 $94,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 500 0.21 1.51 $43.64 $90,780
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (8) (8) (8) $41.42 $86,150
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 150 0.10 0.77 $40.77 $84,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 430 0.16 1.14 $38.47 $80,020
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 40 0.01 0.08 $37.39 $77,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 340 0.13 0.93 $37.35 $77,690
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.04 0.32 $36.96 $76,870


About May 2018 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 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019