Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
19,980 7.1 % $13.76 $28,630 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.90 $10.09 $12.42 $15.61 $19.90
Annual Wage (2) $18,520 $20,990 $25,830 $32,470 $41,390


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 6,770 0.65 $14.09 $29,310
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 2,800 3.77 $12.43 $25,850
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,720 0.90 $12.28 $25,540
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,840 1.63 $13.55 $28,190
Department Stores 670 0.05 $18.63 $38,740

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 2,800 3.77 $12.43 $25,850
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,840 1.63 $13.55 $28,190
Other Textile Product Mills 580 0.91 $12.71 $26,440
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,720 0.90 $12.28 $25,540
Clothing Stores 6,770 0.65 $14.09 $29,310

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Department Stores 670 0.05 $18.63 $38,740
Traveler Accommodation 340 0.02 $17.14 $35,650
Warehousing and Storage (8) (8) $17.04 $35,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $16.27 $33,840
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $16.15 $33,600


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 2,140 0.14 0.95 $17.69 $36,790
Washington 1,910 0.64 4.43 $13.68 $28,460
New York 1,550 0.17 1.19 (8) (8)
Texas 1,460 0.13 0.87 $11.49 $23,890
Virginia 750 0.20 1.41 $12.88 $26,790



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 1,910 0.64 4.43 $13.68 $28,460
Nevada 310 0.25 1.74 $16.76 $34,860
Mississippi 270 0.24 1.68 $10.78 $22,430
Virginia 750 0.20 1.41 $12.88 $26,790
Maryland 530 0.20 1.40 $14.23 $29,600



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 (8) (8) (8) $21.46 $44,640
Connecticut 270 0.16 1.13 $18.36 $38,200
California 2,140 0.14 0.95 $17.69 $36,790
Minnesota 260 0.09 0.64 $17.55 $36,500
New Hampshire 60 0.09 0.65 $17.36 $36,110




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 940 0.14 1.00 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.17 1.16 $17.34 $36,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 560 0.23 1.59 $15.75 $32,760
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 500 0.14 0.96 $14.69 $30,560
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 390 0.13 0.91 $10.83 $22,520
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 370 0.28 1.94 $14.71 $30,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.84 $15.30 $31,820
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 280 0.25 1.70 $11.99 $24,940
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 270 0.16 1.07 $15.78 $32,830
Pittsburgh, PA 260 0.23 1.56 $14.71 $30,600



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)
Clarksville, TN-KY 70 0.81 5.59 $11.20 $23,300
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 50 0.38 2.59 $10.35 $21,520
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 260 0.35 2.41 $12.53 $26,060
Reno, NV 70 0.35 2.42 $15.59 $32,440
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 370 0.28 1.94 $14.71 $30,600
Madison, WI 100 0.26 1.79 $13.63 $28,350
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 130 0.26 1.79 $13.07 $27,180
Colorado Springs, CO 70 0.25 1.72 $11.70 $24,330
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 280 0.25 1.70 $11.99 $24,940
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.24 1.66 $15.69 $32,640



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 Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 0.65 $19.77 $41,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $18.53 $38,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 130 0.07 0.47 $18.25 $37,950
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 200 0.23 1.56 $18.24 $37,930
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $17.85 $37,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.17 1.16 $17.34 $36,060
Dayton, OH (8) (8) (8) $16.86 $35,080
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $16.22 $33,740
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 270 0.16 1.07 $15.78 $32,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 560 0.23 1.59 $15.75 $32,760

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.64 $13.43 $27,940
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.36 $10.27 $21,360
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.31 $11.88 $24,710

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.64 $13.43 $27,940
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.36 $10.27 $21,360
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.31 $11.88 $24,710

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 1.64 $13.43 $27,940
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.48 $25,960
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.21 $25,400
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.31 $11.88 $24,710
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $11.00 $22,870


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.

(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 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