Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
20,200 6.9 % $14.03 $29,170 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.73 $10.18 $12.72 $16.30 $20.31
Annual Wage (2) $18,150 $21,160 $26,460 $33,890 $42,240


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 6,880 0.64 $14.46 $30,070
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 2,990 4.05 $12.92 $26,870
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,700 0.90 $12.94 $26,910
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,820 1.54 $14.68 $30,530
Department Stores 760 0.05 $18.22 $37,910

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 2,990 4.05 $12.92 $26,870
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,820 1.54 $14.68 $30,530
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,700 0.90 $12.94 $26,910
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 90 0.77 $12.99 $27,020
Other Textile Product Mills 470 0.74 $11.26 $23,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Department Stores 760 0.05 $18.22 $37,910
Warehousing and Storage 40 0.01 $17.44 $36,280
Traveler Accommodation 340 0.02 $16.66 $34,660
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 440 0.30 $16.64 $34,610
Performing Arts Companies 100 0.09 $16.09 $33,480


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 2,580 0.17 1.14 $16.87 $35,090
Texas 1,400 0.12 0.83 $11.63 $24,190
New York 1,250 0.14 0.95 $16.43 $34,180
Pennsylvania 1,020 0.18 1.21 $16.48 $34,270
Virginia 670 0.18 1.22 $12.57 $26,140




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)
Nevada 390 0.33 2.21 $14.75 $30,680
Iowa 380 0.25 1.70 $11.48 $23,880
Maryland 590 0.23 1.53 $13.59 $28,270
Idaho 150 0.23 1.56 $12.40 $25,780
Wisconsin 550 0.20 1.34 $12.30 $25,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 60 0.09 0.61 $20.07 $41,750
Arizona 140 0.06 0.37 $17.86 $37,140
Minnesota 440 0.16 1.08 $17.45 $36,310
California 2,580 0.17 1.14 $16.87 $35,090
Pennsylvania 1,020 0.18 1.21 $16.48 $34,270





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 1,020 0.19 1.26 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.19 1.26 $17.49 $36,390
Baltimore-Towson, MD 450 0.35 2.32 $14.13 $29,390
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 430 0.11 0.76 $13.43 $27,930
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 370 0.13 0.86 $10.84 $22,560
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 340 0.47 3.15 $11.82 $24,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 320 0.13 0.90 $14.32 $29,790
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 320 0.24 1.60 (8) (8)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 310 0.13 0.86 $12.40 $25,790
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.20 1.35 $14.55 $30,260




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)
Clarksville, TN-KY 60 0.71 4.77 $11.32 $23,550
Reno-Sparks, NV 100 0.52 3.50 $12.06 $25,080
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 340 0.47 3.15 $11.82 $24,590
Madison, WI 130 0.37 2.51 $13.35 $27,770
Baltimore-Towson, MD 450 0.35 2.32 $14.13 $29,390
Evansville, IN-KY 60 0.33 2.21 $10.28 $21,380
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 270 0.31 2.06 $16.16 $33,620
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 240 0.29 1.92 $13.01 $27,060
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 40 0.29 1.95 $16.08 $33,440
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 200 0.25 1.67 $14.56 $30,280




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.38 $42,390
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 0.74 $18.82 $39,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 130 0.07 0.47 $17.97 $37,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $17.91 $37,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.19 1.26 $17.49 $36,390
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.42 $36,230
Ann Arbor, MI (8) (8) (8) $17.15 $35,670
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.14 0.91 $16.80 $34,950
Dayton, OH (8) (8) (8) $16.72 $34,770
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 270 0.31 2.06 $16.16 $33,620

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 3.81 $11.99 $24,930
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 1.34 $13.32 $27,710
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.49 $9.61 $19,990
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.21 $10.40 $21,620

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 3.81 $11.99 $24,930
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.49 $9.61 $19,990
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 1.34 $13.32 $27,710
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.21 $10.40 $21,620

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.11 $29,350
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 1.34 $13.32 $27,710
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 3.81 $11.99 $24,930
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.63 $22,120
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.21 $10.40 $21,620


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015