Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
24,870 5.0 % $14.02 $29,170 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.57 $9.92 $12.64 $16.90 $22.00
Annual Wage (2) $17,830 $20,640 $26,280 $35,150 $45,760


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 8,710 0.80 $14.36 $29,870
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 3,370 1.13 $12.30 $25,590
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 3,210 4.63 $12.48 $25,950
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,990 1.59 $14.47 $30,100
Department Stores 1,910 0.12 $18.76 $39,030

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 4.63 $12.48 $25,950
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,990 1.59 $14.47 $30,100
Other Textile Product Mills 910 1.39 $12.45 $25,890
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 3,370 1.13 $12.30 $25,590
Textile Furnishings Mills 530 1.02 $13.38 $27,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 380 0.27 $20.12 $41,850
Motion Picture and Video Industries 150 0.04 $18.77 $39,040
Department Stores 1,910 0.12 $18.76 $39,030
Traveler Accommodation 290 0.02 $15.76 $32,770
Amusement Parks and Arcades 210 0.12 $15.09 $31,380


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 3,980 0.28 1.46 $14.77 $30,710
New York 2,860 0.33 1.75 $17.80 $37,010
Texas 2,010 0.19 1.00 $12.08 $25,120
Michigan 1,130 0.29 1.51 $14.17 $29,470
Florida 970 0.13 0.70 $13.24 $27,540




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 2,860 0.33 1.75 $17.80 $37,010
Nevada 350 0.31 1.61 $14.10 $29,330
Colorado 700 0.31 1.64 $12.63 $26,280
Michigan 1,130 0.29 1.51 $14.17 $29,470
California 3,980 0.28 1.46 $14.77 $30,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 670 0.12 0.63 $17.89 $37,210
New York 2,860 0.33 1.75 $17.80 $37,010
Delaware 110 0.27 1.42 $16.08 $33,450
Minnesota 370 0.14 0.73 $16.05 $33,390
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $15.99 $33,250





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,050 0.40 2.08 $18.39 $38,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.45 2.36 $14.52 $30,210
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 690 0.64 3.38 $14.34 $29,820
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 550 0.44 2.32 $12.45 $25,900
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 520 0.30 1.58 $15.94 $33,160
Baltimore-Towson, MD 480 0.38 1.99 $13.97 $29,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 450 0.19 1.00 $16.05 $33,370
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 0.64 $15.16 $31,540
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 440 0.21 1.09 $15.39 $32,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.27 1.41 $15.63 $32,510




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)
Montgomery, AL 170 1.07 5.58 $11.30 $23,510
Harrisonburg, VA 50 0.78 4.10 $11.03 $22,930
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 690 0.64 3.38 $14.34 $29,820
Lafayette, IN 50 0.61 3.17 $9.00 $18,720
Madison, WI 190 0.57 3.01 $13.04 $27,120
Bismarck, ND 40 0.55 2.89 $12.89 $26,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,750 0.45 2.36 $14.52 $30,210
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 320 0.44 2.31 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 550 0.44 2.32 $12.45 $25,900
Corpus Christi, TX 70 0.41 2.16 $12.89 $26,800




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)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $21.75 $45,230
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,050 0.40 2.08 $18.39 $38,250
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.02 $37,480
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 120 0.12 0.64 $17.57 $36,550
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 310 0.22 1.17 $17.19 $35,760
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 140 0.12 0.64 $17.15 $35,680
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 100 0.06 0.30 $17.11 $35,580
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.04 $35,440
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.18 0.93 $16.91 $35,170
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $16.86 $35,070

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.50 2.62 $9.80 $20,380
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 3.25 $8.92 $18,550
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.08 $13.72 $28,540
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.97 $9.59 $19,940

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)
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 3.25 $8.92 $18,550
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.50 2.62 $9.80 $20,380
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.08 $13.72 $28,540
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.97 $9.59 $19,940

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)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 2.08 $13.72 $28,540
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.97 $22,810
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.50 2.62 $9.80 $20,380
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $9.75 $20,270
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.97 $9.59 $19,940


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013