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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,170
25th Percentile Wage
$22,270
50th Percentile Wage
$28,240
75th Percentile Wage
$36,560
90th Percentile Wage
$46,960

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 $46,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,170. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 144% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201628,2408.53%6.94%
201525,830-2.44%-
201426,4603.29%-
201325,590-2.70%-
201226,280--

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 $35,260. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $24,030).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Accommodation and Food Services
$35,260
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$35,020
Information
$34,570
Health Care and Social Assistance
$33,650
Wholesale Trade
$31,330
Educational Services
$30,870
Transportation and Warehousing
$30,690
Retail Trade
$30,290
Federal, State, and Local Government
$30,120
Manufacturing
$27,980
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$26,740
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$25,060
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,030

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 $45,300. The highest paying state for tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $45,300. 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
District of Columbia
$45,300
Minnesota
$44,830
Connecticut
$44,580
New Hampshire
$36,040
Georgia
$35,970
Arizona
$34,710
Tennessee
$32,860
New Jersey
$32,260
California
$31,970
Ohio
$31,860
Massachusetts
$31,830
Alaska
$31,790
Maryland
$31,560
Illinois
$31,310
Nevada
$30,410
Washington
$30,200
Delaware
$29,840
Pennsylvania
$28,540
Rhode Island
$28,320
New York
$28,010
Oregon
$28,000
Virginia
$27,870
Nebraska
$27,480
Kentucky
$27,300
Wisconsin
$27,300
Utah
$27,130
Florida
$26,740
Michigan
$26,250
Idaho
$25,770
Iowa
$25,530
Missouri
$25,420
Colorado
$25,200
New Mexico
$24,990
Montana
$24,480
Alabama
$24,420
Oklahoma
$24,190
Texas
$24,060
South Carolina
$23,790
Indiana
$23,730
Hawaii
$23,330
North Dakota
$23,120
Louisiana
$22,920
North Carolina
$22,760
Mississippi
$22,050
Wyoming
$22,000
Arkansas
$19,710
Kansas
$19,270
Puerto Rico
$17,920



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