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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-1022 Fashion Designers

Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.


National estimates for Fashion Designers
Industry profile for Fashion Designers
Geographic profile for Fashion Designers

National estimates for Fashion Designers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Fashion Designers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
19,310 5.3 % $ 40.22 $ 83,650 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Fashion Designers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.02 $ 24.34 $ 37.24 $ 48.71 $ 62.92
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,480 $ 50,630 $ 77,450 $ 101,320 $ 130,870


Industry profile for Fashion Designers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Fashion Designers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Fashion Designers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Fashion Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 7,340 5.68 $ 43.53 $ 90,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,270 0.17 $ 44.65 $ 92,870
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,880 2.66 $ 35.74 $ 74,340
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 1,820 0.39 $ 24.32 $ 50,580
Specialized Design Services 1,090 0.81 $ 43.09 $ 89,620

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Fashion Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 7,340 5.68 $ 43.53 $ 90,540
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,880 2.66 $ 35.74 $ 74,340
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 100 0.95 $ 27.36 $ 56,920
Specialized Design Services 1,090 0.81 $ 43.09 $ 89,620
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 1,820 0.39 $ 24.32 $ 50,580

Top paying industries for Fashion Designers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 450 0.14 $ 52.43 $ 109,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,270 0.17 $ 44.65 $ 92,870
Employment Services 390 0.01 $ 44.54 $ 92,650
Clothing Stores 520 0.07 $ 44.49 $ 92,540
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 7,340 5.68 $ 43.53 $ 90,540


Geographic profile for Fashion Designers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Fashion Designers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Fashion Designers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of fashion designers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Fashion Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,650 0.88 6.44 $ 44.32 $ 92,180
California 5,250 0.32 2.32 $ 44.41 $ 92,360
Oregon 600 0.33 2.38 $ 42.25 $ 87,890
Florida 460 0.05 0.39 $ 30.83 $ 64,130
Washington 410 0.13 0.92 $ 44.42 $ 92,400


Map of location quotient of fashion designers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Fashion Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,650 0.88 6.44 $ 44.32 $ 92,180
Oregon 600 0.33 2.38 $ 42.25 $ 87,890
California 5,250 0.32 2.32 $ 44.41 $ 92,360
New Hampshire 130 0.20 1.47 $ 43.96 $ 91,440
Arkansas 180 0.15 1.11 (8) (8)


Map of annual mean wages of fashion designers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Fashion Designers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 410 0.13 0.92 $ 44.42 $ 92,400
California 5,250 0.32 2.32 $ 44.41 $ 92,360
New York 7,650 0.88 6.44 $ 44.32 $ 92,180
New Hampshire 130 0.20 1.47 $ 43.96 $ 91,440
Oregon 600 0.33 2.38 $ 42.25 $ 87,890



Map of employment of fashion designers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Fashion Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,550 0.87 6.35 $ 44.46 $ 92,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,840 0.67 4.90 $ 43.83 $ 91,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 500 0.22 1.63 $ 47.95 $ 99,730
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 500 0.45 3.25 $ 42.41 $ 88,210
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 370 0.19 1.42 $ 45.11 $ 93,830
St. Louis, MO-IL 260 0.20 1.46 (8) (8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 240 0.13 0.95 $ 30.73 $ 63,920
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 200 0.14 1.06 $ 43.36 $ 90,180
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 160 0.11 0.77 $ 43.61 $ 90,700
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 140 0.05 0.39 $ 41.84 $ 87,030


Map of location quotient of fashion designers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Fashion Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 80 0.91 6.65 $ 47.57 $ 98,940
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,550 0.87 6.35 $ 44.46 $ 92,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,840 0.67 4.90 $ 43.83 $ 91,170
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 500 0.45 3.25 $ 42.41 $ 88,210
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.24 1.78 $ 45.90 $ 95,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 500 0.22 1.63 $ 47.95 $ 99,730
St. Louis, MO-IL 260 0.20 1.46 (8) (8)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 370 0.19 1.42 $ 45.11 $ 93,830
Syracuse, NY 40 0.15 1.12 $ 34.80 $ 72,380
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 200 0.14 1.06 $ 43.36 $ 90,180


Map of annual mean wages of fashion designers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Fashion Designers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.08 0.61 $ 49.12 $ 102,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 500 0.22 1.63 $ 47.95 $ 99,730
Portsmouth, NH-ME 80 0.91 6.65 $ 47.57 $ 98,940
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.24 1.78 $ 45.90 $ 95,460
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 370 0.19 1.42 $ 45.11 $ 93,830
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,550 0.87 6.35 $ 44.46 $ 92,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,840 0.67 4.90 $ 43.83 $ 91,170
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 160 0.11 0.77 $ 43.61 $ 90,700
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 200 0.14 1.06 $ 43.36 $ 90,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 500 0.45 3.25 $ 42.41 $ 88,210


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022