Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers

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2019 Workforce
55.6k
Average Age
50.3
Average Salary
$27,164
Average Male Salary
$30,679
Average Female Salary
$25,957

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Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are most often employed by the Cut and sew, and apparel accessories and other apparel manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers was $27,164 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers by wage are Helpersinstallation, maintenance, & repair workers , Taxi drivers, and Massage therapists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are LA City (Southeast/East Vernon) PUMA, CA and Tallahassee City (Central) PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are LA City (Southeast/East Vernon) PUMA, CA and Tallahassee City (Central) PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Cut and sew, and apparel accessories and other apparel manufacturing 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 Amusement & Recreation. Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are paid most in LA City (East Central/Central City & Boyle Heights) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in LA City (Southeast/East Vernon) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$27,164
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,358

In 2019, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers earned an average of $27,164, $28,360 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Massage therapists make somewhat more than Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers while Helpersinstallation, maintenance, & repair workers 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

0.382
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.382, 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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, by number of employees, are Cut and sew, and apparel accessories and other apparel manufacturing, Clothing stores, and Personal & household goods repair & maintenance.

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Industries by Share

55.6k
2019 Workforce
± 5,789
4.93%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 14.2%

The number of people employed as Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers has been growing at a rate of 4.93%, from 53,013 people in 2018 to 55,627 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers employed by various industries. Cut and sew, and apparel accessories and other apparel manufacturing employs the largest share of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers at  22.5%, followed by Clothing stores with 20.4% and Personal & household goods repair & maintenance with 17.5%.

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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 48.8 and of female Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is 50.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

14.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,928
41.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,995

74.4% of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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)

39.5% of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 21% 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 Gender

48.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3
50.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.73

The median age of Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers is 50.3, and Male employees are generally 2.03 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 Visual & Performing Arts 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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