Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

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


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)
25,530 5.3 % $13.85 $28,800 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.43 $9.77 $12.60 $16.83 $21.77
Annual Wage (2) $17,540 $20,330 $26,210 $35,000 $45,290


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)
Clothing Stores 9,250 0.83 $14.38 $29,900
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 3,340 1.11 $11.85 $24,650
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 3,190 4.63 $11.94 $24,840
Department Stores 2,230 0.14 $18.13 $37,710
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,830 1.47 $13.74 $28,570

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 3,190 4.63 $11.94 $24,840
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,830 1.47 $13.74 $28,570
Other Textile Product Mills 930 1.45 $12.45 $25,890
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 3,340 1.11 $11.85 $24,650
Textile Furnishings Mills 480 0.87 $12.24 $25,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries (8) (8) $19.76 $41,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $19.26 $40,060
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 420 0.30 $18.22 $37,900
Department Stores 2,230 0.14 $18.13 $37,710
Other General Merchandise Stores (8) (8) $16.70 $34,740


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)
California 3,700 0.26 1.32 $15.13 $31,480
New York 2,920 0.35 1.74 $17.87 $37,170
Texas 2,070 0.20 1.01 $12.20 $25,380
Florida 1,620 0.23 1.14 $13.01 $27,060
Michigan 1,270 0.33 1.67 $13.36 $27,780




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 2,920 0.35 1.74 $17.87 $37,170
Michigan 1,270 0.33 1.67 $13.36 $27,780
Virginia 1,070 0.30 1.51 $13.22 $27,510
Nevada 310 0.28 1.41 $15.82 $32,900
Maryland 660 0.27 1.35 $14.86 $30,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,920 0.35 1.74 $17.87 $37,170
Minnesota 270 0.11 0.53 $15.90 $33,060
Nevada 310 0.28 1.41 $15.82 $32,900
Connecticut 160 0.10 0.49 $15.60 $32,440
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $15.39 $32,020





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 1,920 0.38 1.91 $18.42 $38,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.42 2.12 $14.07 $29,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 570 0.25 1.23 $15.65 $32,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 490 0.22 1.11 $15.41 $32,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 440 0.22 1.08 $15.07 $31,350
Baltimore-Towson, MD 430 0.35 1.74 $14.85 $30,880
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 400 0.11 0.57 $14.91 $31,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.28 1.39 $19.82 $41,230
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 370 0.30 1.52 $15.49 $32,220
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 370 0.22 1.10 $15.83 $32,930




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)
Winchester, VA-WV 40 0.78 3.90 $10.17 $21,160
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 270 0.54 2.71 $12.38 $25,760
Bismarck, ND 30 0.51 2.55 $12.62 $26,250
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 340 0.48 2.39 $10.33 $21,490
Madison, WI 140 0.43 2.18 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,610 0.42 2.12 $14.07 $29,260
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 130 0.41 2.04 $12.60 $26,210
Corpus Christi, TX 70 0.41 2.07 $12.29 $25,570
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.38 1.91 $18.42 $38,310
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 100 0.37 1.84 $12.26 $25,500




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)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.28 1.39 $19.82 $41,230
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.45 $40,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 140 0.10 0.50 $18.62 $38,740
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.38 1.91 $18.42 $38,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.26 1.31 $18.08 $37,600
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.71 $36,840
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.05 0.25 $17.33 $36,040
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 1.03 $16.96 $35,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 210 0.13 0.63 $16.76 $34,870
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 260 0.32 1.62 $16.67 $34,680

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.47 2.37 $9.55 $19,870
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 2.06 $10.22 $21,260
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.91 $9.77 $20,320
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.35 $10.21 $21,250
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.22 $10.58 $22,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.47 2.37 $9.55 $19,870
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 2.06 $10.22 $21,260
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.91 $9.77 $20,320
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.35 $10.21 $21,250
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.22 $10.58 $22,010

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.22 $10.58 $22,010
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.42 $21,680
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 2.06 $10.22 $21,260
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 1.35 $10.21 $21,250
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.91 $9.77 $20,320


About May 2011 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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