Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.


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)
21,150 7.1 % $16.50 $34,330 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.96 $11.73 $14.90 $20.00 $25.96
Annual Wage (2) $20,720 $24,390 $31,000 $41,600 $53,990


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)
Clothing Stores 7,530 0.71 $16.64 $34,610
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 3,100 3.95 $15.09 $31,390
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,490 0.84 $14.00 $29,130
General Merchandise Stores 1,670 0.05 $23.06 $47,970
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,490 1.60 $14.72 $30,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 3,100 3.95 $15.09 $31,390
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,490 1.60 $14.72 $30,610
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,490 0.84 $14.00 $29,130
Textile Furnishings Mills 390 0.74 $14.59 $30,340
Clothing Stores 7,530 0.71 $16.64 $34,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 180 0.14 $24.25 $50,440
General Merchandise Stores 1,670 0.05 $23.06 $47,970
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 250 0.16 $20.03 $41,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $19.24 $40,020
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) $18.45 $38,370


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)
California 2,860 0.17 1.15 $20.77 $43,200
Texas 2,380 0.20 1.34 $13.88 $28,870
New York 1,290 0.14 0.94 $19.08 $39,700
Ohio 720 0.13 0.91 $16.89 $35,130
Pennsylvania 580 0.10 0.68 $17.19 $35,740




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)
District of Columbia 190 0.27 1.85 $21.54 $44,810
Nevada 290 0.22 1.50 $16.77 $34,880
Texas 2,380 0.20 1.34 $13.88 $28,870
Maryland 500 0.19 1.27 $16.96 $35,270
Oregon 330 0.18 1.21 $16.25 $33,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $21.66 $45,060
District of Columbia 190 0.27 1.85 $21.54 $44,810
California 2,860 0.17 1.15 $20.77 $43,200
Arizona 130 0.05 0.32 $19.63 $40,830
New York 1,290 0.14 0.94 $19.08 $39,700





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,540 0.25 1.73 $20.54 $42,720
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,390 0.15 1.00 (8) (8)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 980 0.27 1.87 $13.28 $27,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 800 0.25 1.74 $16.83 $35,010
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 490 0.16 1.12 $14.39 $29,930
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 430 0.09 0.63 $18.59 $38,660
Pittsburgh, PA 300 0.26 1.76 $18.17 $37,790
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 250 0.09 0.63 $18.91 $39,330
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 250 0.21 1.45 $16.60 $34,520
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 230 0.24 1.62 $17.66 $36,720




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)
Flint, MI 40 0.28 1.91 $12.83 $26,690
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 980 0.27 1.87 $13.28 $27,610
Pittsburgh, PA 300 0.26 1.76 $18.17 $37,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 800 0.25 1.74 $16.83 $35,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,540 0.25 1.73 $20.54 $42,720
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 230 0.24 1.62 $17.66 $36,720
Austin-Round Rock, TX 230 0.22 1.50 $13.84 $28,790
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 250 0.21 1.45 $16.60 $34,520
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 200 0.19 1.32 $14.00 $29,120
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 180 0.18 1.25 $18.66 $38,820




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.62 $51,200
Kansas City, MO-KS 120 0.11 0.78 $23.38 $48,640
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.97 $47,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $22.41 $46,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 90 0.06 0.43 $21.01 $43,690
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $20.66 $42,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,540 0.25 1.73 $20.54 $42,720
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.92 $41,440
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 100 0.07 0.47 $19.55 $40,650
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $19.10 $39,720


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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