Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

27-1022 Fashion Designers

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


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)
15,060 5.8 % $35.79 $74,440 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.63 $21.23 $31.02 $43.55 $62.93
Annual Wage (2) $32,500 $44,150 $64,530 $90,590 $130,890


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)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 6,220 4.52 $35.76 $74,370
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,800 2.18 $36.50 $75,910
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,540 0.08 $37.34 $77,660
Specialized Design Services 870 0.76 $32.02 $66,600
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 440 0.06 $47.60 $99,010

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 6,220 4.52 $35.76 $74,370
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 2,800 2.18 $36.50 $75,910
Footwear Manufacturing 120 0.90 $37.49 $77,980
Specialized Design Services 870 0.76 $32.02 $66,600
Apparel Knitting Mills 60 0.39 $29.07 $60,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 440 0.06 $47.60 $99,010
Motion Picture and Video Industries 260 0.07 $44.50 $92,570
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $37.87 $78,780
Footwear Manufacturing 120 0.90 $37.49 $77,980
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,540 0.08 $37.34 $77,660


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)
New York 7,260 0.87 7.34 $39.42 $81,990
California 3,990 0.29 2.41 $34.85 $72,500
New Jersey 490 0.13 1.10 $33.14 $68,930
Ohio 310 0.06 0.53 $32.64 $67,890
Florida 310 0.04 0.36 $29.95 $62,290




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)
New York 7,260 0.87 7.34 $39.42 $81,990
California 3,990 0.29 2.41 $34.85 $72,500
New Jersey 490 0.13 1.10 $33.14 $68,930
Oregon 150 0.10 0.80 $31.55 $65,620
Maine 50 0.09 0.73 $38.28 $79,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 40 0.07 0.58 $42.22 $87,810
New York 7,260 0.87 7.34 $39.42 $81,990
Maine 50 0.09 0.73 $38.28 $79,620
Wisconsin 130 0.05 0.41 $35.19 $73,190
California 3,990 0.29 2.41 $34.85 $72,500

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,790 1.36 11.51 $39.16 $81,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,640 0.69 5.85 $36.00 $74,880
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.36 3.06 $33.87 $70,450
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.27 2.27 $32.40 $67,400
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.15 1.26 $33.69 $70,080
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 160 0.13 1.08 $32.09 $66,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 130 0.05 0.45 $38.76 $80,620
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.06 0.53 $22.90 $47,620
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 110 0.12 1.01 $32.63 $67,860
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 110 0.10 0.85 $21.58 $44,880




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,790 1.36 11.51 $39.16 $81,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,640 0.69 5.85 $36.00 $74,880
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.36 3.06 $33.87 $70,450
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.27 2.27 $32.40 $67,400
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 50 0.26 2.15 $38.94 $81,000
Madison, WI 80 0.25 2.14 $37.52 $78,040
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 30 0.23 1.96 $27.39 $56,970
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 60 0.19 1.60 $29.92 $62,240
Greensboro-High Point, NC 60 0.17 1.41 $31.93 $66,420
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.15 1.26 $33.69 $70,080




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)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $42.38 $88,160
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,790 1.36 11.51 $39.16 $81,460
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $38.96 $81,040
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 50 0.26 2.15 $38.94 $81,000
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 130 0.05 0.45 $38.76 $80,620
Madison, WI 80 0.25 2.14 $37.52 $78,040
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 40 0.09 0.76 $36.59 $76,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,640 0.69 5.85 $36.00 $74,880
St. Louis, MO-IL 70 0.06 0.48 $34.46 $71,670
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.36 3.06 $33.87 $70,450


About May 2010 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 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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