Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-6031 Sewing Machine Operators

Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

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)
265,200 1.5 % $9.12 $18,960 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.44 $7.22 $8.51 $10.52 $12.90
Annual Wage (2) $13,400 $15,010 $17,710 $21,870 $26,820

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
Cut and sew apparel manufacturing 112,510 $8.31 $17,270 1 72
Other textile product mills 21,960 $9.35 $19,450 2 50
Textile furnishings mills 20,610 $9.16 $19,050 3 57
Household and institutional furniture mfg. 15,770 $11.51 $23,950 4 7
Accessories and other apparel manufacturing 8,920 $8.25 $17,150 5 74

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 160 $14.25 $29,640 49 1
State government (OES designation) 70 $13.05 $27,150 61 2
Shoe stores 40 $12.62 $26,250 71 3
Spring and wire product manufacturing 90 $12.26 $25,490 60 4
General medical and surgical hospitals 60 $12.14 $25,240 66 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 8,010 $10.10 $21,000 0.738% 537
North Carolina 19,190 $10.08 $20,970 0.518% 632
Kentucky 8,700 $9.52 $19,810 0.505% 582
Alabama 9,100 $8.16 $16,970 0.500% 635
California 58,630 $8.55 $17,790 0.404% 732

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia (6) $13.41 $27,890 (6) 357
Alaska 100 $12.14 $25,250 0.034% 428
Rhode Island 920 $11.06 $23,000 0.194% 473
New Hampshire 710 $11.05 $22,980 0.117% 508
Michigan 3,490 $10.99 $22,850 0.080% 627

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 3,570 $12.34 $25,660 2.183%
Danville, VA MSA 600 $9.08 $18,880 1.390%
New Bedford, MA PMSA 760 $8.69 $18,070 1.187%
Clarksville-Hopkinsville, TN-KY MSA 730 $9.22 $19,180 1.107%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 39,250 $8.38 $17,420 0.976%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA 170 $14.97 $31,130 0.261%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 80 $12.96 $26,970 0.064%
Sheboygan, WI MSA 30 $12.83 $26,690 0.052%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 50 $12.63 $26,260 0.055%
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 3,570 $12.34 $25,660 2.183%

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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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