Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
19,040 5.3 % $35.18 $73,180 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.95 $21.58 $30.61 $42.92 $60.23
Annual Wage (2) $33,170 $44,880 $63,670 $89,270 $125,270


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 7,730 5.22 $33.03 $68,700
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,540 2.25 $39.94 $83,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,460 0.11 $40.25 $83,720
Specialized Design Services 1,640 1.25 $31.94 $66,430
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,550 0.40 $41.53 $86,380

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 7,730 5.22 $33.03 $68,700
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,540 2.25 $39.94 $83,080
Specialized Design Services 1,640 1.25 $31.94 $66,430
Apparel Knitting Mills 140 1.09 (8) (8)
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 130 1.05 $26.65 $55,440

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 1,550 0.40 $41.53 $86,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,460 0.11 $40.25 $83,720
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,540 2.25 $39.94 $83,080
Employment Services 570 0.02 $36.98 $76,920
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 80 0.01 $36.34 $75,580


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 7,440 0.83 6.00 $38.27 $79,610
California 6,180 0.40 2.89 $34.99 $72,780
Texas 600 0.05 0.38 $26.97 $56,090
Florida 390 0.05 0.36 $27.70 $57,610
New Jersey 320 0.08 0.60 $30.27 $62,950



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 7,440 0.83 6.00 $38.27 $79,610
California 6,180 0.40 2.89 $34.99 $72,780
Kansas 230 0.17 1.22 $30.51 $63,460
New Hampshire 90 0.14 1.00 (8) (8)
Maine 70 0.13 0.91 $34.15 $71,030



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia (8) (8) (8) $42.29 $87,960
Massachusetts 310 0.09 0.65 $41.63 $86,600
New York 7,440 0.83 6.00 $38.27 $79,610
California 6,180 0.40 2.89 $34.99 $72,780
Indiana 50 0.02 0.12 $34.78 $72,340




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 7,150 1.10 8.00 $38.16 $79,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,020 0.98 7.09 $36.63 $76,200
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 600 0.40 2.86 $31.76 $66,060
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 330 0.26 1.89 $31.48 $65,470
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 330 0.25 1.78 $33.74 $70,190
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 240 0.14 1.00 $43.31 $90,080
Kansas City, MO-KS 240 0.23 1.68 $27.05 $56,270
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.21 1.56 $38.01 $79,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 190 0.08 0.58 $28.05 $58,340
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 180 0.14 1.00 $23.34 $48,550



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 7,150 1.10 8.00 $38.16 $79,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,020 0.98 7.09 $36.63 $76,200
Portsmouth, NH-ME 60 0.67 4.87 $37.42 $77,830
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 600 0.40 2.86 $31.76 $66,060
Boulder, CO 60 0.37 2.65 $29.52 $61,410
Portland-South Portland, ME 70 0.34 2.43 $34.17 $71,070
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 330 0.26 1.89 $31.48 $65,470
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 330 0.25 1.78 $33.74 $70,190
Kansas City, MO-KS 240 0.23 1.68 $27.05 $56,270
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.21 1.56 $38.01 $79,060



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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 70 0.05 0.39 $46.27 $96,250
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 240 0.14 1.00 $43.31 $90,080
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.86 $84,990
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $38.69 $80,480
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 30 0.06 0.45 $38.36 $79,800
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.17 1.26 $38.21 $79,480
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,150 1.10 8.00 $38.16 $79,370
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.21 1.56 $38.01 $79,060
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.26 $37.87 $78,770
Portsmouth, NH-ME 60 0.67 4.87 $37.42 $77,830


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016