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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.


National estimates for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
Industry profile for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
Geographic profile for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

National estimates for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
17,270 7.2 % $ 17.03 $ 35,430 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.61 $ 13.41 $ 15.11 $ 18.59 $ 27.64
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,070 $ 27,900 $ 31,420 $ 38,660 $ 57,480


Industry profile for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Clothing Stores 7,100 0.93 $ 16.23 $ 33,760
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 2,440 3.18 $ 14.78 $ 30,750
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 1,890 0.82 $ 14.08 $ 29,280
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,460 2.06 $ 20.11 $ 41,820
General Merchandise Stores 1,150 0.04 $ 25.12 $ 52,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 2,440 3.18 $ 14.78 $ 30,750
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,460 2.06 $ 20.11 $ 41,820
Clothing Stores 7,100 0.93 $ 16.23 $ 33,760
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 1,890 0.82 $ 14.08 $ 29,280
Other Textile Product Mills 320 0.55 $ 16.28 $ 33,870

Top paying industries for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores 60 0.05 $ 40.60 $ 84,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $ 28.74 $ 59,790
General Merchandise Stores 1,150 0.04 $ 25.12 $ 52,250
Traveler Accommodation 160 0.01 $ 22.32 $ 46,430
Specialized Design Services 310 0.23 $ 20.26 $ 42,140


Geographic profile for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

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



Map of employment of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,920 0.18 1.44 $ 18.14 $ 37,740
Texas 1,650 0.14 1.10 $ 14.75 $ 30,690
New York 1,630 0.19 1.53 $ 24.92 $ 51,830
Pennsylvania 1,160 0.21 1.70 $ 13.61 $ 28,310
Florida 820 0.09 0.77 $ 15.86 $ 32,990


Map of location quotient of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kentucky 460 0.25 2.04 $ 14.71 $ 30,600
Iowa 360 0.24 1.97 $ 15.52 $ 32,290
Nevada 280 0.22 1.78 $ 14.29 $ 29,730
Virginia 810 0.22 1.75 $ 15.45 $ 32,130
Pennsylvania 1,160 0.21 1.70 $ 13.61 $ 28,310


Map of annual mean wages of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,630 0.19 1.53 $ 24.92 $ 51,830
Washington 140 0.04 0.35 $ 21.03 $ 43,750
Connecticut 110 0.07 0.60 $ 20.43 $ 42,490
Hawaii 40 0.06 0.53 $ 20.14 $ 41,880
Arizona 50 0.02 0.15 $ 20.01 $ 41,620



Map of employment of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

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 1,580 0.18 1.49 $ 25.22 $ 52,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,260 0.22 1.80 $ 17.80 $ 37,020
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 630 0.24 1.94 $ 13.84 $ 28,780
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 540 0.13 1.05 $ 18.84 $ 39,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 510 0.18 1.44 $ 14.56 $ 30,280
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 450 0.13 1.02 $ 14.96 $ 31,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 440 0.15 1.22 $ 18.38 $ 38,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 350 0.16 1.27 $ 22.79 $ 47,410
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 350 0.23 1.84 $ 15.87 $ 33,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 290 0.16 1.32 $ 19.39 $ 40,330


Map of location quotient of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Provo-Orem, UT 120 0.44 3.63 $ 15.12 $ 31,440
Lexington-Fayette, KY 100 0.38 3.07 $ 14.59 $ 30,360
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 130 0.36 2.91 $ 16.12 $ 33,530
Lancaster, PA 80 0.33 2.68 $ 13.41 $ 27,900
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 210 0.30 2.43 $ 14.92 $ 31,030
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 40 0.26 2.15 $ 15.13 $ 31,470
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 270 0.26 2.12 $ 15.95 $ 33,180
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 220 0.24 1.99 $ 14.65 $ 30,470
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 70 0.24 1.98 $ 16.78 $ 34,900
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 630 0.24 1.94 $ 13.84 $ 28,780


Map of annual mean wages of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

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 1,580 0.18 1.49 $ 25.22 $ 52,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 350 0.16 1.27 $ 22.79 $ 47,410
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.11 0.87 $ 22.35 $ 46,480
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 100 0.05 0.43 $ 22.22 $ 46,210
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 0.79 $ 22.10 $ 45,970
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 0.14 1.12 $ 20.89 $ 43,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 240 0.09 0.75 $ 20.67 $ 42,990
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 50 0.02 0.20 $ 20.26 $ 42,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 180 0.16 1.34 $ 19.84 $ 41,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 290 0.16 1.32 $ 19.39 $ 40,330

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.77 6.29 $ 13.07 $ 27,190
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 3.19 $ 13.24 $ 27,530
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.54 $ 15.77 $ 32,810
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.09 $ 15.44 $ 32,100
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 1.14 $ 11.83 $ 24,610

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.77 6.29 $ 13.07 $ 27,190
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 3.19 $ 13.24 $ 27,530
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.54 $ 15.77 $ 32,810
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 2.50 $ 14.65 $ 30,460
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 1.14 $ 11.83 $ 24,610

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.54 $ 15.77 $ 32,810
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.09 $ 15.44 $ 32,100
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 2.50 $ 14.65 $ 30,460
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 3.19 $ 13.24 $ 27,530
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.77 6.29 $ 13.07 $ 27,190


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