Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

risk level
Based on 99 votes
by year 2032
or $17.62 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

85% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Originality

User poll

52% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 85% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers' job openings is expected to rise 1.2% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers' was $36,650, or $17 per hour

'Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers' were paid 23.7% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 14,950 people employed as 'Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 10 thousand people are employed as 'Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers'.

Job description

Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.

SOC Code: 51-6052.00


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Lyn hissey (Low) says
Although AI could complete tasks such as design and cutting the actual job of sewing a garment is complicated and difficult, the most they could do would be straight seams that require no adjustments or manipulation, I’ve been sewing for 35 years it is a lot more complicated than most realise
Feb 07, 2024 at 11:52 PM
sorrin (Uncertain) says
This career takes a lot of dexterity and situational awareness that would be hard to replace by an AI
Jan 06, 2022 at 04:26 PM
Jo L (Highly likely) says
With the advent of AI, many fashion and clothing sales companies are looking forward to a system of cameras, algorithmic processing, and automated machines to do the same work that tailors, seamstresses, and garment alternators could previously do.
May 19, 2021 at 12:09 AM

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