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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,000
25th Percentile Wage
$21,770
50th Percentile Wage
$27,080
75th Percentile Wage
$34,420
90th Percentile Wage
$44,730

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 $44,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $27,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,000. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 135% 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 sewers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201627,0807.24%6.24%
201525,120-1.95%-
201425,6102.81%-
201324,890-2.01%-
201225,390--

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

The average salaries of tailors, dressmakers, and 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 sewers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $34,570. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $24,020).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$34,570
Accommodation and Food Services
$34,420
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$32,770
Educational Services
$30,800
Retail Trade
$29,810
Federal, State, and Local Government
$29,110
Transportation and Warehousing
$28,090
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,730
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,210
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$26,970
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$26,100
Wholesale Trade
$25,830
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$25,760
Manufacturing
$25,300
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,020


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