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Tailors, Dressmakers, and Sewers Salary Information

The salary statistics of tailors, dressmakers, and sewers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of tailors, dressmakers, and sewers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of tailors, dressmakers, and sewers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The tailors, dressmakers, and 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 Sewers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,960
25th Percentile Wage
$22,580
50th Percentile Wage
$27,920
75th Percentile Wage
$36,600
90th Percentile Wage
$48,430

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tailors, dressmakers, and sewers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) tailors, dressmakers, and sewers is $48,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $27,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,960. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 142% 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 sewers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$27,920
3.01% 9.06%
2016
$27,080
7.24% -
2015
$25,120
-1.95% -
2014
$25,610
2.81% -
2013
$24,890
-2.01% -
2012
$25,390
- -

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

The average salaries of tailors, dressmakers, and sewers in 16 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 sewers occupations is the accommodation and food services sector with an annual salary $35,690. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $24,770).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Accommodation and Food Services
$35,690
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$35,430
Information
$34,570
Construction
$34,320
Educational Services
$33,020
Wholesale Trade
$31,610
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$30,340
Retail Trade
$30,050
Transportation and Warehousing
$29,410
Federal, State, and Local Government
$29,130
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,970
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$28,640
Manufacturing
$26,430
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,050
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$25,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,770



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