Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
18,940 3.9 % $37.92 $78,870 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.30 $22.43 $32.41 $46.77 $65.14
Annual Wage (2) $33,910 $46,650 $67,420 $97,290 $135,490


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 6,650 4.51 $36.66 $76,250
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,780 0.65 $40.79 $84,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,420 0.10 $43.87 $91,250
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,250 2.22 $39.44 $82,040
Specialized Design Services 1,640 1.17 $38.55 $80,180

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 6,650 4.51 $36.66 $76,250
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,250 2.22 $39.44 $82,040
Specialized Design Services 1,640 1.17 $38.55 $80,180
Apparel Knitting Mills 90 0.86 $31.86 $66,270
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,780 0.65 $40.79 $84,850

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 2,420 0.10 $43.87 $91,250
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 60 0.02 $43.76 $91,030
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,780 0.65 $40.79 $84,850
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 80 0.01 $39.84 $82,860
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,250 2.22 $39.44 $82,040


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 6,710 0.73 5.49 $43.42 $90,320
California 6,540 0.39 2.95 $37.12 $77,210
Florida 520 0.06 0.46 $26.80 $55,750
Texas 500 0.04 0.32 $28.30 $58,860
Oregon 440 0.24 1.80 $37.64 $78,300




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 6,710 0.73 5.49 $43.42 $90,320
California 6,540 0.39 2.95 $37.12 $77,210
Oregon 440 0.24 1.80 $37.64 $78,300
Maine 90 0.16 1.18 $37.43 $77,850
Massachusetts 420 0.12 0.90 $41.42 $86,150




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 6,710 0.73 5.49 $43.42 $90,320
Massachusetts 420 0.12 0.90 $41.42 $86,150
Oregon 440 0.24 1.80 $37.64 $78,300
Maine 90 0.16 1.18 $37.43 $77,850
California 6,540 0.39 2.95 $37.12 $77,210



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,500 0.97 7.31 $43.04 $89,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,340 0.98 7.37 $37.61 $78,230
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.44 3.32 $35.36 $73,550
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.50 3.76 $36.12 $75,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 400 0.34 2.57 $37.76 $78,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 330 0.20 1.52 $33.91 $70,530
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 1.27 $43.95 $91,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 300 0.11 0.85 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.53 $32.63 $67,860
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 230 0.16 1.21 $29.49 $61,340


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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-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,340 0.98 7.37 $37.61 $78,230
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,500 0.97 7.31 $43.04 $89,530
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.50 3.76 $36.12 $75,140
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.44 3.32 $35.36 $73,550
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 400 0.34 2.57 $37.76 $78,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 330 0.20 1.52 $33.91 $70,530
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.19 1.42 $40.36 $83,940
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 1.27 $43.95 $91,410
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 230 0.16 1.19 $36.36 $75,620
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 230 0.16 1.21 $29.49 $61,340


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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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 1.27 $43.95 $91,410
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,500 0.97 7.31 $43.04 $89,530
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.19 1.42 $40.36 $83,940
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 400 0.34 2.57 $37.76 $78,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,340 0.98 7.37 $37.61 $78,230
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.62 $37.00 $76,950
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 230 0.16 1.19 $36.36 $75,620
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.50 3.76 $36.12 $75,140
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.44 3.32 $35.36 $73,550
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $35.30 $73,420


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018