Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
32,150 4.3 % $11.62 $24,170 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.04 $8.40 $10.51 $14.04 $17.68
Annual Wage (2) $14,650 $17,470 $21,850 $29,200 $36,770

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 13,340 $12.52 $26,040 1 8
Drycleaning and laundry services 3,500 $9.46 $19,670 2 31
Household goods repair and maintenance 2,900 $9.58 $19,920 3 30
Cut and sew apparel manufacturing 2,680 $11.64 $24,210 4 13
Department stores 1,740 $13.24 $27,540 5 3

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management of companies and enterprises 490 $15.95 $33,180 8 1
Apparel and piece goods merchant wholesalers 970 $13.80 $28,700 6 2
Department stores 1,740 $13.24 $27,540 5 3
Other general merchandise stores 60 $13.09 $27,230 19 4
Traveler accommodation 280 $12.94 $26,910 11 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
Louisiana 830 $9.11 $18,950 0.045% 599
New Jersey 1,350 $13.59 $28,270 0.035% 536
Florida 2,490 $10.57 $21,990 0.035% 609
Wisconsin 830 $9.70 $20,170 0.031% 662
Missouri 760 $10.42 $21,680 0.029% 599

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 600 $15.18 $31,560 0.019% 487
Rhode Island 90 $14.09 $29,310 0.019% 364
New Jersey 1,350 $13.59 $28,270 0.035% 536
Connecticut 380 $13.29 $27,640 0.023% 502
New York (6) $13.28 $27,610 (6) 564

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
Jackson, MI MSA 50 $10.22 $21,260 0.089%
New York, NY PMSA 3,440 $13.62 $28,340 0.087%
New Orleans, LA MSA 520 $8.69 $18,080 0.087%
Macon, GA MSA 120 $8.60 $17,890 0.084%
Eau Claire, WI MSA 60 $9.55 $19,860 0.083%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 50 $17.33 $36,050 0.027%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA 80 $17.30 $35,990 0.047%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 450 $16.09 $33,470 0.023%
Orange County, CA PMSA 390 $15.32 $31,870 0.027%
Oakland, CA PMSA 340 $15.11 $31,420 0.033%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) 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 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: May 7, 2004

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