Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
20,440 7.5 % $15.46 $32,150 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.60 $10.98 $13.75 $18.61 $24.26
Annual Wage (2) $19,960 $22,830 $28,600 $38,710 $50,450


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 7,790 0.73 $15.70 $32,660
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 2,910 3.77 $13.69 $28,480
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,620 0.88 $12.41 $25,810
General Merchandise Stores 1,590 0.05 $20.78 $43,220
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,110 1.09 $16.08 $33,440

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 2,910 3.77 $13.69 $28,480
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,110 1.09 $16.08 $33,440
Other Textile Product Mills 620 0.98 $13.71 $28,510
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,620 0.88 $12.41 $25,810
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 90 0.83 $16.39 $34,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 170 0.13 $22.03 $45,820
General Merchandise Stores 1,590 0.05 $20.78 $43,220
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 190 0.13 $19.18 $39,890
Traveler Accommodation 360 0.02 $17.97 $37,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $16.65 $34,640


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 2,470 0.15 1.03 $19.10 $39,730
Texas 2,340 0.20 1.37 $12.90 $26,830
New York 1,680 0.18 1.27 (8) (8)
Michigan 810 0.19 1.32 $16.00 $33,290
Ohio 700 0.13 0.90 $15.50 $32,240




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)
District of Columbia 360 0.50 3.51 $21.89 $45,520
Connecticut 390 0.24 1.64 $20.41 $42,440
Mississippi 250 0.23 1.58 $11.27 $23,450
Texas 2,340 0.20 1.37 $12.90 $26,830
Nevada 260 0.20 1.41 $16.06 $33,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota (8) (8) (8) $22.19 $46,160
District of Columbia 360 0.50 3.51 $21.89 $45,520
Connecticut 390 0.24 1.64 $20.41 $42,440
California 2,470 0.15 1.03 $19.10 $39,730
Georgia 390 0.09 0.63 $19.05 $39,620



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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 1,070 0.16 1.11 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 840 0.19 1.33 $18.85 $39,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 830 0.33 2.29 $17.26 $35,900
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 510 0.42 2.90 $17.69 $36,790
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.27 1.86 $19.87 $41,330
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 360 0.14 1.00 $14.21 $29,550
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 0.66 $17.20 $35,770
Pittsburgh, PA 280 0.25 1.75 $16.95 $35,270
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 0.22 1.56 $16.20 $33,690
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 240 0.41 2.89 $22.75 $47,330


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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)
Florence, SC 70 0.87 6.04 $12.45 $25,910
Dover, DE 30 0.49 3.39 $14.08 $29,280
Odessa, TX 30 0.46 3.18 $8.62 $17,920
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 510 0.42 2.90 $17.69 $36,790
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 240 0.41 2.89 $22.75 $47,330
Bellingham, WA 30 0.39 2.73 $12.11 $25,190
Medford, OR 30 0.36 2.53 (8) (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 830 0.33 2.29 $17.26 $35,900
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.27 1.86 $19.87 $41,330
Pittsburgh, PA 280 0.25 1.75 $16.95 $35,270


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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)
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.12 $58,480
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.19 1.36 $24.59 $51,150
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $23.16 $48,180
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 240 0.41 2.89 $22.75 $47,330
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.11 0.80 $22.19 $46,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 140 0.05 0.38 $20.22 $42,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 110 0.06 0.40 $20.05 $41,710
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.91 $41,410
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.27 1.86 $19.87 $41,330
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 100 0.07 0.48 $19.19 $39,900

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.85 $14.23 $29,600

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.85 $14.23 $29,600

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)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.12 $37,690
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.85 $14.23 $29,600
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.69 $26,380
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.39 $25,770


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.

(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 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