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Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Salary Information

The salary statistics of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,960
25th Percentile Wage
$22,830
50th Percentile Wage
$28,600
75th Percentile Wage
$38,710
90th Percentile Wage
$50,450

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers is $50,450. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,960. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 152% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$28,600
1.26% 8.11%
2016
$28,240
8.53% -
2015
$25,830
-2.44% -
2014
$26,460
3.29% -
2013
$25,590
-2.70% -
2012
$26,280
- -

Table 2. Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers occupations is the accommodation and food services sector with an annual salary $36,080. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $24,130).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Accommodation and Food Services
$36,080
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,010
Wholesale Trade
$34,960
Information
$34,570
Educational Services
$33,530
Health Care and Social Assistance
$32,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$31,470
Retail Trade
$30,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$29,940
Transportation and Warehousing
$29,360
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$28,270
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,240
Manufacturing
$27,630
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,630
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,130

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers by States

From the above tables we note that not only tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,920 to $47,240. The highest paying state for tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers is Minnesota with a median annual salary of $47,240. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,920. For more salary information of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Minnesota
$47,240
District of Columbia
$45,790
Connecticut
$42,280
California
$36,460
Georgia
$36,260
Arizona
$36,190
New Hampshire
$36,040
Maryland
$33,910
New Jersey
$33,180
Alaska
$32,810
Ohio
$31,960
Delaware
$31,850
Florida
$31,470
Washington
$30,840
Tennessee
$30,810
Michigan
$30,790
Nevada
$30,690
Maine
$30,140
Massachusetts
$30,100
Iowa
$30,040
Colorado
$29,810
Oregon
$29,460
Illinois
$28,810
Missouri
$28,660
Pennsylvania
$28,530
Utah
$28,330
Rhode Island
$28,320
Louisiana
$28,250
Nebraska
$28,130
New York
$28,010
Virginia
$27,870
Kentucky
$27,530
Idaho
$26,890
Alabama
$26,820
Wisconsin
$26,450
Texas
$25,720
Oklahoma
$25,420
Indiana
$25,380
New Mexico
$24,990
Hawaii
$24,660
Montana
$24,480
South Carolina
$24,040
Mississippi
$23,290
North Dakota
$23,120
West Virginia
$22,490
Wyoming
$22,000
North Carolina
$20,220
Arkansas
$20,070
Kansas
$19,270
Puerto Rico
$17,920



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