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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
22,030 4.2 % $41.40 $86,110 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.92 $25.20 $35.48 $48.48 $71.64
Annual Wage (2) $37,260 $52,410 $73,790 $100,830 $149,010


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 8,090 5.38 $41.04 $85,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,620 0.15 $44.02 $91,560
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,260 0.76 $41.27 $85,850
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,040 2.26 $44.95 $93,510
Specialized Design Services 1,800 1.24 $48.54 $100,960

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 8,090 5.38 $41.04 $85,370
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,040 2.26 $44.95 $93,510
Specialized Design Services 1,800 1.24 $48.54 $100,960
Motion Picture and Video Industries 3,260 0.76 $41.27 $85,850
Apparel Knitting Mills 60 0.69 $41.64 $86,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 60 0.02 $54.02 $112,360
Specialized Design Services 1,800 1.24 $48.54 $100,960
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,040 2.26 $44.95 $93,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,620 0.15 $44.02 $91,560
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events (8) (8) $41.78 $86,890


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 8,460 0.89 5.93 $44.64 $92,860
California 7,180 0.41 2.76 $45.13 $93,870
Florida 680 0.08 0.52 $27.11 $56,390
Georgia 570 0.13 0.85 $36.92 $76,800
Oregon 570 0.30 1.98 $38.57 $80,220




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 8,460 0.89 5.93 $44.64 $92,860
California 7,180 0.41 2.76 $45.13 $93,870
Oregon 570 0.30 1.98 $38.57 $80,220
Maine 110 0.18 1.17 $34.45 $71,660
Vermont 50 0.16 1.04 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,180 0.41 2.76 $45.13 $93,870
New York 8,460 0.89 5.93 $44.64 $92,860
New Hampshire 100 0.16 1.06 $39.08 $81,280
Oregon 570 0.30 1.98 $38.57 $80,220
Massachusetts 450 0.12 0.83 $38.50 $80,080





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 8,570 0.89 5.92 $44.05 $91,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,010 0.96 6.42 $45.71 $95,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 510 0.21 1.38 $42.98 $89,400
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 490 0.40 2.69 $39.45 $82,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 460 0.17 1.11 $38.46 $79,990
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 420 0.16 1.06 $24.23 $50,410
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 400 0.14 0.94 $39.60 $82,360
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 400 0.20 1.31 $31.71 $65,960
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 240 0.16 1.06 $36.70 $76,330
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 190 0.04 0.27 $35.93 $74,730




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 6,010 0.96 6.42 $45.71 $95,080
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,570 0.89 5.92 $44.05 $91,630
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 130 0.66 4.38 $54.10 $112,530
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 490 0.40 2.69 $39.45 $82,050
Portland-South Portland, ME 70 0.35 2.36 (8) (8)
Boulder, CO 60 0.33 2.19 $30.28 $62,980
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 510 0.21 1.38 $42.98 $89,400
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 400 0.20 1.31 $31.71 $65,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 460 0.17 1.11 $38.46 $79,990
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 240 0.16 1.06 $36.70 $76,330




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 0.66 4.38 $54.10 $112,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,010 0.96 6.42 $45.71 $95,080
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (8) (8) (8) $45.66 $94,980
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,570 0.89 5.92 $44.05 $91,630
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 510 0.21 1.38 $42.98 $89,400
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 400 0.14 0.94 $39.60 $82,360
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 490 0.40 2.69 $39.45 $82,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 460 0.17 1.11 $38.46 $79,990
Columbus, OH 140 0.13 0.89 $38.11 $79,260
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $36.94 $76,830


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020