Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
16,560 6.5 % $34.92 $72,620 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.40 $21.45 $30.22 $42.79 $60.72
Annual Wage (2) $34,110 $44,630 $62,860 $89,000 $126,290


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)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 6,140 4.35 $33.91 $70,530
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 3,580 2.87 $35.16 $73,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,740 0.14 $41.78 $86,900
Specialized Design Services 1,190 1.02 $35.11 $73,030
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 460 0.05 $31.02 $64,520

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 6,140 4.35 $33.91 $70,530
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 3,580 2.87 $35.16 $73,140
Footwear Manufacturing 220 1.64 $35.67 $74,190
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 130 1.11 $25.64 $53,320
Specialized Design Services 1,190 1.02 $35.11 $73,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 2,740 0.14 $41.78 $86,900
Motion Picture and Video Industries 330 0.09 $39.25 $81,640
Footwear Manufacturing 220 1.64 $35.67 $74,190
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 3,580 2.87 $35.16 $73,140
Specialized Design Services 1,190 1.02 $35.11 $73,030


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 7,300 0.85 6.73 $38.11 $79,270
California 5,020 0.35 2.76 $33.89 $70,490
Texas 490 0.05 0.37 $27.85 $57,920
Ohio 390 0.08 0.61 $35.14 $73,100
New Jersey 380 0.10 0.78 $29.40 $61,160




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 7,300 0.85 6.73 $38.11 $79,270
California 5,020 0.35 2.76 $33.89 $70,490
Vermont 40 0.13 1.05 $28.92 $60,160
New Jersey 380 0.10 0.78 $29.40 $61,160
Oregon 140 0.09 0.69 $28.08 $58,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 40 0.08 0.61 $39.56 $82,280
New York 7,300 0.85 6.73 $38.11 $79,270
Ohio 390 0.08 0.61 $35.14 $73,100
Missouri 120 0.05 0.36 $34.13 $70,990
California 5,020 0.35 2.76 $33.89 $70,490





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 7,280 1.41 11.10 $37.74 $78,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,200 0.83 6.51 $34.82 $72,420
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.41 3.19 $30.45 $63,350
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.38 2.97 $34.30 $71,350
Columbus, OH 320 0.35 2.72 $37.05 $77,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 220 0.10 0.81 $27.37 $56,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.15 1.19 $29.88 $62,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.08 0.62 $33.94 $70,590
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 140 0.12 0.92 $27.47 $57,130
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 130 0.10 0.80 $31.27 $65,040




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 7,280 1.41 11.10 $37.74 $78,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,200 0.83 6.51 $34.82 $72,420
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.41 3.19 $30.45 $63,350
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.38 2.97 $34.30 $71,350
Columbus, OH 320 0.35 2.72 $37.05 $77,060
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 40 0.22 1.75 $38.89 $80,880
Greensboro-High Point, NC 70 0.19 1.53 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.15 1.19 $29.88 $62,160
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 0.15 1.15 $28.95 $60,210
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.13 1.04 $41.57 $86,460




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)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.51 $46.35 $96,420
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.13 1.04 $41.57 $86,460
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 130 0.10 0.82 $38.96 $81,040
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 40 0.22 1.75 $38.89 $80,880
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.23 $79,520
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,280 1.41 11.10 $37.74 $78,500
St. Louis, MO-IL 80 0.07 0.52 $37.21 $77,410
Columbus, OH 320 0.35 2.72 $37.05 $77,060
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.57 $76,080
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $35.46 $73,760


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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