Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

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

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
29,560 2.9 % $11.75 $24,450 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.97 $8.32 $10.68 $14.21 $17.93
Annual Wage (2) $14,500 $17,310 $22,220 $29,560 $37,290

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Clothing stores 12,870 $12.63 $26,270 1 11
Cut and sew apparel manufacturing 2,960 $11.30 $23,500 2 17
Drycleaning and laundry services 2,690 $9.18 $19,080 3 35
Department stores 2,100 $12.99 $27,010 4 8
Household goods repair and maintenance 1,680 $9.72 $20,210 5 29

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Health and personal care stores (6) $20.59 $42,830 (6) 1
Management of companies and enterprises 410 $15.32 $31,850 10 2
Fabric mills 100 $13.64 $28,380 18 3
Apparel and piece goods merchant wholesalers 840 $13.30 $27,660 6 4
Other general merchandise stores 90 $13.29 $27,640 21 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 3,150 $14.60 $30,380 0.038% 465
Maryland 850 $11.27 $23,450 0.035% 532
Louisiana 630 $9.15 $19,040 0.034% 552
Florida 2,240 $11.00 $22,880 0.031% 544
New Jersey 1,120 $14.31 $29,770 0.029% 486

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Rhode Island 90 $15.56 $32,360 0.019% 287
Massachusetts 490 $14.73 $30,640 0.015% 462
New York 3,150 $14.60 $30,380 0.038% 465
New Jersey 1,120 $14.31 $29,770 0.029% 486
California 3,430 $13.69 $28,480 0.024% 496

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Altoona, PA MSA 50 $8.50 $17,670 0.086%
Fort Lauderdale, FL PMSA 510 $10.48 $21,790 0.074%
Jackson, MI MSA 40 $9.40 $19,550 0.069%
Eau Claire, WI MSA 50 $9.33 $19,400 0.068%
Miami, FL PMSA 620 $11.67 $24,270 0.063%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA 50 $17.71 $36,830 0.031%
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 40 $17.34 $36,070 0.022%
Orange County, CA PMSA 290 $15.96 $33,210 0.021%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 350 $15.76 $32,790 0.018%
New York, NY PMSA 2,260 $15.76 $32,770 0.057%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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