Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
21,400 5.2 % $14.10 $29,330 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.60 $9.84 $12.30 $16.80 $22.18
Annual Wage (2) $17,880 $20,470 $25,590 $34,950 $46,130


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 7,610 0.69 $14.76 $30,700
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 3,070 4.33 $12.26 $25,510
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,830 0.94 $12.99 $27,010
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,730 1.44 $13.98 $29,080
Department Stores 1,220 0.09 $19.17 $39,880

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 3,070 4.33 $12.26 $25,510
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,730 1.44 $13.98 $29,080
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 2,830 0.94 $12.99 $27,010
Other Textile Product Mills 590 0.93 $11.61 $24,150
Clothing Stores 7,610 0.69 $14.76 $30,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Department Stores 1,220 0.09 $19.17 $39,880
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 520 0.37 $18.08 $37,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 0.01 $16.68 $34,700
Traveler Accommodation 310 0.02 $16.16 $33,600
Amusement Parks and Arcades 160 0.09 $15.58 $32,410


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 3,450 0.23 1.45 $16.15 $33,600
New York 1,700 0.20 1.22 $18.56 $38,610
Texas 1,640 0.15 0.93 $11.72 $24,380
Michigan 1,080 0.27 1.68 $13.78 $28,670
Pennsylvania 820 0.15 0.90 $16.75 $34,840




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 410 0.36 2.21 $14.18 $29,500
Utah 330 0.27 1.67 $12.08 $25,120
Michigan 1,080 0.27 1.68 $13.78 $28,670
Washington 710 0.25 1.56 $13.45 $27,970
Alabama 450 0.25 1.52 $11.46 $23,830




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 1,700 0.20 1.22 $18.56 $38,610
District of Columbia 100 0.15 0.93 $18.01 $37,450
Pennsylvania 820 0.15 0.90 $16.75 $34,840
Oregon 270 0.16 1.01 $16.29 $33,880
California 3,450 0.23 1.45 $16.15 $33,600





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.36 2.26 $16.11 $33,510
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.25 1.56 $19.19 $39,910
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 720 0.65 4.01 $14.11 $29,350
Baltimore-Towson, MD 410 0.32 1.97 $13.03 $27,100
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 410 0.31 1.94 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 390 0.22 1.37 $15.49 $32,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 380 0.16 1.00 $16.38 $34,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 340 0.16 0.99 $14.35 $29,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 340 0.19 1.18 $15.83 $32,920
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.55 $14.82 $30,830




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)
Montgomery, AL 170 1.08 6.72 $11.33 $23,580
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 100 0.76 4.74 $10.12 $21,050
Clarksville, TN-KY 60 0.70 4.36 $11.12 $23,130
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 720 0.65 4.01 $14.11 $29,350
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 50 0.56 3.45 $9.71 $20,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.36 2.26 $16.11 $33,510
Madison, WI 120 0.34 2.14 $12.82 $26,670
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 280 0.33 2.05 $15.48 $32,200
Baltimore-Towson, MD 410 0.32 1.97 $13.03 $27,100
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 410 0.31 1.94 (8) (8)




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 0.74 $19.99 $41,570
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 0.14 0.86 $19.68 $40,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.25 1.56 $19.19 $39,910
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 110 0.06 0.37 $18.35 $38,180
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.36 $38,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 190 0.19 1.16 $17.16 $35,690
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 190 0.16 0.98 $16.88 $35,110
Jacksonville, FL (8) (8) (8) $16.81 $34,960
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.25 1.54 $16.64 $34,610
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.45 $16.40 $34,110

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)
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 3.04 $10.02 $20,840
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 3.45 $12.62 $26,250
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.86 $12.97 $26,980
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.10 $10.54 $21,920

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 0.56 3.45 $12.62 $26,250
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 3.04 $10.02 $20,840
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.10 $10.54 $21,920
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.86 $12.97 $26,980

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)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.41 $29,980
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.86 $12.97 $26,980
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 3.45 $12.62 $26,250
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $11.94 $24,830
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 1.10 $10.54 $21,920


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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