Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

51-7021 Furniture Finishers

Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

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)
27,720 4.8 % $11.82 $24,590 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.50 $9.00 $11.17 $13.77 $17.19
Annual Wage (2) $15,600 $18,720 $23,230 $28,650 $35,760

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Household and institutional furniture mfg. 13,470 $11.17 $23,230
Household goods repair and maintenance 3,970 $12.06 $25,080
Office furniture and fixtures manufacturing 2,980 $12.32 $25,630
Furniture stores 2,130 $13.38 $27,820
Furniture and furnishing merchant wholesalers 1,200 $10.90 $22,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Warehousing and storage 180 $18.13 $37,710
Management of companies and enterprises (7) $15.02 $31,230
Specialized freight trucking (7) $14.94 $31,080
Building finishing contractors 130 $14.59 $30,340
Furniture stores 2,130 $13.38 $27,820

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
North Carolina 3,890 $11.37 $23,650 0.105%
Indiana 1,150 $11.65 $24,230 0.040%
Utah 380 $11.79 $24,530 0.036%
Mississippi 390 $10.34 $21,500 0.036%
Maine 190 $10.91 $22,690 0.032%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Colorado 290 $15.34 $31,920 0.014%
Connecticut 240 $15.23 $31,670 0.015%
Minnesota 390 $14.56 $30,280 0.015%
New Jersey 900 $14.20 $29,540 0.023%
Maryland 230 $13.90 $28,920 0.009%

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 1,560 $11.80 $24,540 0.958%
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA MSA 250 $10.13 $21,080 0.363%
Jamestown, NY MSA 130 $10.12 $21,050 0.242%
Greensboro—Winston-Salem—High Point, NC MS 1,360 $10.81 $22,480 0.218%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 200 $11.81 $24,570 0.172%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Jersey City, NJ PMSA (7) $22.08 $45,930 (7)
Denver, CO PMSA 140 $16.99 $35,340 0.012%
Kansas City, MO-KS MSA 110 $16.71 $34,760 0.012%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 240 $16.42 $34,150 0.014%
Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI PMSA 60 $16.24 $33,780 0.007%

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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