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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

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


National estimates for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
Industry profile for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
Geographic profile for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

National estimates for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
20,860 6.1 % $ 17.33 $ 36,040 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.07 $ 12.29 $ 15.69 $ 21.60 $ 27.91
Annual Wage (2) $ 20,940 $ 25,570 $ 32,640 $ 44,920 $ 58,050


Industry profile for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Clothing Stores 6,780 0.98 $ 16.34 $ 33,990
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,900 1.14 $ 15.19 $ 31,600
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 2,700 3.72 $ 15.23 $ 31,680
General Merchandise Stores 1,890 0.06 $ 25.71 $ 53,480
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,290 1.75 $ 18.62 $ 38,720

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 2,700 3.72 $ 15.23 $ 31,680
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,290 1.75 $ 18.62 $ 38,720
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,900 1.14 $ 15.19 $ 31,600
Clothing Stores 6,780 0.98 $ 16.34 $ 33,990
Textile Furnishings Mills 260 0.60 $ 15.78 $ 32,830

Top paying industries for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $ 30.06 $ 62,530
General Merchandise Stores 1,890 0.06 $ 25.71 $ 53,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 (7) $ 20.93 $ 43,540
Performing Arts Companies 90 0.09 $ 19.72 $ 41,030
Traveler Accommodation 210 0.01 $ 19.60 $ 40,770


Geographic profile for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,850 0.17 1.16 $ 22.49 $ 46,770
Texas 2,350 0.19 1.29 $ 15.65 $ 32,560
Florida 2,050 0.24 1.62 $ 14.29 $ 29,720
New York 1,170 0.13 0.89 $ 20.61 $ 42,870
Missouri 900 0.33 2.22 $ 16.49 $ 34,290




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missouri 900 0.33 2.22 $ 16.49 $ 34,290
Maryland 770 0.30 2.03 $ 17.73 $ 36,870
Florida 2,050 0.24 1.62 $ 14.29 $ 29,720
Texas 2,350 0.19 1.29 $ 15.65 $ 32,560
North Carolina 810 0.19 1.25 $ 12.96 $ 26,960




Top paying states for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $ 23.26 $ 48,370
California 2,850 0.17 1.16 $ 22.49 $ 46,770
Massachusetts 280 0.08 0.56 $ 21.96 $ 45,670
Arizona 180 0.06 0.43 $ 21.19 $ 44,070
Connecticut 150 0.10 0.66 $ 21.07 $ 43,820





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

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 1,440 0.16 1.09 $ 20.66 $ 42,980
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,100 0.31 2.04 $ 15.14 $ 31,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,050 0.18 1.21 $ 23.69 $ 49,280
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 760 0.30 2.03 $ 14.20 $ 29,540
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 600 0.26 1.72 $ 26.52 $ 55,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 580 0.19 1.29 $ 17.19 $ 35,750
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 560 0.44 2.91 $ 18.35 $ 38,160
St. Louis, MO-IL 500 0.39 2.59 $ 17.45 $ 36,300
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 440 0.16 1.09 $ 19.02 $ 39,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 400 0.13 0.90 $ 16.19 $ 33,680




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texarkana, TX-AR 30 0.62 4.11 $ 13.49 $ 28,060
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 560 0.44 2.91 $ 18.35 $ 38,160
St. Louis, MO-IL 500 0.39 2.59 $ 17.45 $ 36,300
Austin-Round Rock, TX 330 0.32 2.11 $ 16.81 $ 34,960
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,100 0.31 2.04 $ 15.14 $ 31,480
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 760 0.30 2.03 $ 14.20 $ 29,540
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.28 1.89 $ 21.61 $ 44,940
Eugene, OR 40 0.27 1.78 $ 16.56 $ 34,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 600 0.26 1.72 $ 26.52 $ 55,150
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 240 0.25 1.65 $ 17.76 $ 36,940




Top paying metropolitan areas for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 600 0.26 1.72 $ 26.52 $ 55,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,050 0.18 1.21 $ 23.69 $ 49,280
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.10 0.65 $ 22.58 $ 46,970
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.08 0.56 $ 22.46 $ 46,720
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 0.14 0.93 $ 21.66 $ 45,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 150 0.07 0.47 $ 21.65 $ 45,030
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 110 0.28 1.89 $ 21.61 $ 44,940
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 60 0.04 0.26 $ 21.53 $ 44,780
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,440 0.16 1.09 $ 20.66 $ 42,980
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 20.40 $ 42,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.70 $ 17.22 $ 35,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.70 $ 17.22 $ 35,810

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.70 $ 17.22 $ 35,810
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) (8) (8) (8) $ 15.07 $ 31,340
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 15.01 $ 31,220
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 13.73 $ 28,570
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 13.31 $ 27,680


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021