Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-6021 Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

Press or shape articles by hand or machine.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
87,500 2.1 % $8.61 $17,900 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.21 $7.13 $8.27 $9.85 $11.38
Annual Wage (2) $12,910 $14,820 $17,190 $20,490 $23,670

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
Drycleaning and laundry services 68,410 $8.34 $17,350 1 22
Cut and sew apparel manufacturing 7,050 $9.19 $19,120 2 11
Apparel knitting mills 2,020 $9.65 $20,070 3 7
Fabric mills 1,830 $11.92 $24,790 4 1
Textile and fabric finishing mills 970 $9.10 $18,940 5 14

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Fabric mills 1,830 $11.92 $24,790 4 1
Household goods repair and maintenance 200 $10.97 $22,810 17 2
Nursing care facilities 30 $10.50 $21,830 22 3
Textile furnishings mills 760 $10.15 $21,120 8 4
General medical and surgical hospitals 270 $9.91 $20,610 12 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
South Carolina 3,150 $9.85 $20,480 0.179% 563
North Carolina 4,350 $8.90 $18,520 0.117% 663
Mississippi 1,260 $7.22 $15,020 0.116% 644
Alabama 1,980 $8.06 $16,770 0.109% 639
Arkansas 1,210 $8.54 $17,760 0.108% 587

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 60 $10.48 $21,800 0.021% 454
Michigan 2,290 $10.31 $21,440 0.053% 646
Minnesota 830 $10.07 $20,950 0.032% 644
Connecticut 900 $9.92 $20,630 0.055% 605
South Carolina 3,150 $9.85 $20,480 0.179% 563

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
Wichita Falls, TX MSA 180 $7.00 $14,550 0.325%
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 430 $10.12 $21,060 0.263%
Victoria, TX MSA 90 $6.92 $14,400 0.262%
Tyler, TX MSA 180 $7.46 $15,510 0.214%
Odessa-Midland, TX MSA 210 $6.62 $13,770 0.205%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 40 $14.54 $30,230 0.010%
Detroit, MI PMSA 1,380 $11.44 $23,790 0.068%
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 140 $11.13 $23,140 0.091%
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR MSA 390 $11.02 $22,920 0.129%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 200 $11.01 $22,890 0.100%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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