Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

51-9031 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

Use hand tools or hand-held power tools to cut and trim a variety of manufactured items, such as carpet, fabric, stone, glass, or rubber.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,910 3.4 % $11.84 $24,630 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.12 $8.41 $10.59 $13.91 $18.35
Annual Wage (2) $14,810 $17,500 $22,020 $28,940 $38,160

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Plastics product manufacturing 3,630 $10.04 $20,890 1 39
Household and institutional furniture mfg. 2,980 $13.54 $28,170 2 6
Other miscellaneous manufacturing 2,500 $10.82 $22,500 3 29
Rubber product manufacturing 1,800 $12.71 $26,430 4 9
Cut and sew apparel manufacturing 1,730 $8.64 $17,970 5 54

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Local government (OES designation) 140 $16.84 $35,030 28 1
Advertising and related services 40 $15.30 $31,830 46 2
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 650 $15.02 $31,240 12 3
Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers 90 $13.82 $28,740 34 4
Building finishing contractors 360 $13.64 $28,360 19 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Mississippi 920 $11.50 $23,920 0.085% 413
Indiana 1,910 $11.14 $23,160 0.067% 552
North Carolina 2,260 $13.83 $28,770 0.061% 395
Oregon 760 $9.48 $19,730 0.049% 556
Vermont 130 $11.98 $24,920 0.044% 368

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Minnesota 420 $17.32 $36,020 0.016% 342
Kentucky 660 $15.67 $32,600 0.038% 264
Michigan 620 $15.54 $32,330 0.014% 410
Iowa 220 $14.05 $29,220 0.016% 350
North Carolina 2,260 $13.83 $28,770 0.061% 395

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 1,250 $14.89 $30,970 0.763%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 470 $9.71 $20,200 0.409%
Louisville, KY-IN MSA 640 $14.95 $31,100 0.119%
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 730 $9.79 $20,360 0.068%
Greensboro—Winston-Salem—High Point, NC MS 430 $13.67 $28,430 0.068%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 310 $19.27 $40,080 0.018%
Louisville, KY-IN MSA 640 $14.95 $31,100 0.119%
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 1,250 $14.89 $30,970 0.763%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 150 $14.70 $30,580 0.013%
Detroit, MI PMSA 150 $14.62 $30,410 0.007%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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