Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

51-6051 Sewers, Hand

Sew, join, reinforce, or finish, usually with needle and thread, a variety of manufactured items. Include weavers and stitchers. Exclude "Fabric Menders, Except Garment" (49-9093).

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)
11,870 10.2 % $10.25 $21,330 3.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.29 $7.40 $9.22 $11.43 $16.45
Annual Wage (2) $13,080 $15,400 $19,180 $23,760 $34,210

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Cut and sew apparel manufacturing 3,010 $10.59 $22,020
Clothing stores 860 $11.49 $23,890
Apparel and piece goods merchant wholesalers 850 $11.27 $23,450
Other textile product mills 730 $9.39 $19,540
Textile furnishings mills 570 $10.48 $21,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Employment services (7) $13.73 $28,560
Traveler accommodation 120 $12.24 $25,470
Other personal services (7) $12.16 $25,290
Other furniture related product manufacturing 50 $12.01 $24,980
Other miscellaneous manufacturing 140 $11.80 $24,540

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
New York 2,440 $11.90 $24,760 0.029%
Kentucky 490 $9.99 $20,790 0.028%
South Carolina 360 $11.90 $24,750 0.020%
Pennsylvania 1,030 $7.33 $15,250 0.019%
California 2,150 $10.18 $21,180 0.015%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 120 $13.36 $27,790 0.005%
Oregon 80 $12.94 $26,920 0.005%
Michigan (7) $12.66 $26,340 (7)
Indiana 70 $12.11 $25,200 0.002%
New York 2,440 $11.90 $24,760 0.029%

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
New York, NY PMSA 1,970 $12.28 $25,540 0.049%
New Bedford, MA PMSA 30 $9.27 $19,280 0.046%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 100 $12.66 $26,330 0.042%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 1,550 $10.37 $21,570 0.039%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 50 $10.62 $22,080 0.032%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Louisville, KY-IN MSA (7) $16.22 $33,740 (7)
Detroit, MI PMSA (7) $14.89 $30,960 (7)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 80 $13.55 $28,190 0.006%
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC MSA 50 $13.17 $27,400 0.006%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 60 $13.05 $27,140 0.006%

About November 2004 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) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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