Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
51.6k
Average Age
50.5
Average Salary
$29,538
Average Male Salary
$38,890
Average Female Salary
$26,248

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Clothing stores is the industry that employs the most Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, by average wage, is Motion pictures & video industries. Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are paid most in Portland City (Northwest & Southwest) PUMA, OR but are relatively concentrated in LA City (Southeast/East Vernon) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$29,538
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,229

In 2020, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers earned an average of $29,538, $26,416 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Religious workers, all other make somewhat more than Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers while Laborers & freight, stock, & material movers, hand make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.435
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.435, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, by average wage, are Motion pictures & video industries, Automotive repair & maintenance, and Department stores.

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Industries by Share

51.6k
2020 Workforce
± 5,576
−3.36%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 15.7%

The number of people employed as Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers has been declining at a rate of −3.36%, from 53,386 people in 2019 to 51,591 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers employed by various industries. Clothing stores employs the largest share of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers at  20.6%, followed by Cut and sew, and apparel accessories and other apparel manufacturing with 20.5% and Personal & household goods repair & maintenance with 17.2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers in the US. The average age of male Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers in the workforce is 50 and of female Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is 50.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

13.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,845
38.2k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,796

74% of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

42.4% of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 17.9% of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers.

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Age by Sex

50
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.12
50.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.82

The median age of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is 50.5, and Male employees are generally 0.627 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is Business but a relatively high number of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Critical Thinking, and Time Management. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Equipment Maintenance, and Repairing.

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