Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
19,230 4.9 % $36.77 $76,480 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.22 $22.12 $31.33 $44.49 $62.53
Annual Wage (2) $33,740 $46,020 $65,170 $92,550 $130,050


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 7,550 5.06 $35.05 $72,900
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,440 2.25 $41.02 $85,310
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,350 0.56 $42.88 $89,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,990 0.09 $41.54 $86,410
Specialized Design Services 1,600 1.17 $33.96 $70,630

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 7,550 5.06 $35.05 $72,900
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,440 2.25 $41.02 $85,310
Specialized Design Services 1,600 1.17 $33.96 $70,630
Apparel Knitting Mills 120 0.99 (8) (8)
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 100 0.83 $30.58 $63,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,350 0.56 $42.88 $89,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,990 0.09 $41.54 $86,410
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,440 2.25 $41.02 $85,310
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 240 0.03 $39.05 $81,220
Employment Services 480 0.01 $36.37 $75,660


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 7,590 0.83 6.10 $40.37 $83,980
California 6,610 0.41 3.02 $36.72 $76,370
Florida 470 0.06 0.42 $26.34 $54,790
Texas 460 0.04 0.28 $26.85 $55,850
Massachusetts 360 0.10 0.76 $42.50 $88,390




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 7,590 0.83 6.10 $40.37 $83,980
California 6,610 0.41 3.02 $36.72 $76,370
Kansas 210 0.16 1.14 (8) (8)
Oregon 240 0.14 0.99 $30.14 $62,690
New Hampshire 90 0.13 0.97 (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)
Massachusetts 360 0.10 0.76 $42.50 $88,390
Georgia 260 0.06 0.45 $40.98 $85,230
New York 7,590 0.83 6.10 $40.37 $83,980
Connecticut 50 0.03 0.23 $37.18 $77,330
California 6,610 0.41 3.02 $36.72 $76,370





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 7,360 1.12 8.16 $40.25 $83,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,590 1.09 7.93 $37.94 $78,920
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.45 3.27 $35.64 $74,120
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 1.27 $43.87 $91,260
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 250 0.16 1.14 $33.48 $69,640
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 230 0.18 1.30 $28.36 $59,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 220 0.16 1.17 $27.85 $57,930
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 210 0.15 1.10 $30.81 $64,080
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.18 1.34 $29.00 $60,320
Kansas City, MO-KS 200 0.19 1.41 $27.15 $56,460




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,360 1.12 8.16 $40.25 $83,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,590 1.09 7.93 $37.94 $78,920
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.45 3.27 $35.64 $74,120
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.24 1.72 $38.81 $80,730
Portland-South Portland, ME 40 0.21 1.50 $33.31 $69,270
Kansas City, MO-KS 200 0.19 1.41 $27.15 $56,460
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.18 1.34 $29.00 $60,320
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 230 0.18 1.30 $28.36 $59,000
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.17 1.27 $43.87 $91,260
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 190 0.17 1.26 $21.33 $44,360




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 $43.87 $91,260
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,360 1.12 8.16 $40.25 $83,710
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $39.07 $81,260
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.12 0.90 $38.94 $81,000
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.24 1.72 $38.81 $80,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,590 1.09 7.93 $37.94 $78,920
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.28 $36.46 $75,840
Columbus, OH (8) (8) (8) $35.76 $74,370
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.45 3.27 $35.64 $74,120
Salt Lake City, UT 30 0.05 0.37 $33.62 $69,930


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017