Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
21,660 7.8 % $14.74 $30,670 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.22 $10.71 $13.58 $17.58 $22.58
Annual Wage (2) $19,170 $22,270 $28,240 $36,560 $46,960


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 7,880 0.76 $15.06 $31,320
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 3,210 4.22 $13.22 $27,500
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,670 0.89 $12.09 $25,150
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,290 1.19 $15.68 $32,620
Department Stores 1,200 0.09 $19.68 $40,940

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 3,210 4.22 $13.22 $27,500
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,290 1.19 $15.68 $32,620
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,670 0.89 $12.09 $25,150
Textile Furnishings Mills 450 0.86 $13.55 $28,190
Clothing Stores 7,880 0.76 $15.06 $31,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 130 0.10 $22.32 $46,420
Department Stores 1,200 0.09 $19.68 $40,940
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 240 0.16 $18.16 $37,760
Traveler Accommodation 310 0.02 $17.55 $36,510
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses (8) (8) $16.23 $33,760


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 2,220 0.14 0.90 $17.28 $35,930
Texas 2,220 0.19 1.22 $12.87 $26,760
Washington 1,990 0.65 4.20 $14.77 $30,720
New York 1,650 0.18 1.18 (8) (8)
Michigan 1,210 0.29 1.86 $13.87 $28,840




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)
Washington 1,990 0.65 4.20 $14.77 $30,720
District of Columbia 290 0.41 2.66 $21.71 $45,150
Michigan 1,210 0.29 1.86 $13.87 $28,840
Virginia 990 0.26 1.70 $13.41 $27,890
Utah 300 0.21 1.39 $14.73 $30,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 290 0.41 2.66 $21.71 $45,150
Connecticut 340 0.21 1.33 $20.93 $43,530
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $20.78 $43,230
Georgia 420 0.10 0.64 $18.08 $37,620
California 2,220 0.14 0.90 $17.28 $35,930





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 970 0.15 0.95 (8) (8)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 800 0.67 4.32 $14.61 $30,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 770 0.31 1.99 $16.54 $34,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.18 1.16 $17.83 $37,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 570 0.20 1.26 $12.22 $25,420
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 560 0.15 0.99 $16.47 $34,260
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.18 1.18 $16.73 $34,810
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 280 0.21 1.34 $16.53 $34,380
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 270 0.24 1.53 $12.83 $26,680
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 240 0.84 5.48 $14.24 $29,620




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)
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 240 0.84 5.48 $14.24 $29,620
Evansville, IN-KY 110 0.69 4.49 $11.80 $24,530
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 800 0.67 4.32 $14.61 $30,390
New Bedford, MA 40 0.64 4.17 $13.71 $28,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 770 0.31 1.99 $16.54 $34,400
Reno, NV 60 0.30 1.96 $13.68 $28,450
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 200 0.24 1.56 $14.80 $30,790
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 270 0.24 1.53 $12.83 $26,680
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 280 0.21 1.34 $16.53 $34,380
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 120 0.20 1.31 $13.78 $28,660




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 Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.88 $55,910
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $23.97 $49,860
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.88 $47,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $21.95 $45,660
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 30 0.12 0.75 $18.61 $38,710
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 110 0.09 0.59 $18.54 $38,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 140 0.07 0.49 $18.48 $38,440
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.06 0.40 $18.20 $37,850
Kansas City, MO-KS 120 0.11 0.72 $18.06 $37,570
Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $17.99 $37,420

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.48 $10.45 $21,730
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.92 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.92 (8) (8)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.48 $10.45 $21,730

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.37 $29,890
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.59 $28,270
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.44 $25,880
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.80 $22,470
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.48 $10.45 $21,730


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