Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

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.

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)
28,790 2.5 % $11.72 $24,370 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.55 $8.63 $10.73 $13.91 $17.45
Annual Wage (2) $15,710 $17,960 $22,330 $28,930 $36,300

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Plastics Product Manufacturing 4,090 $10.71 $22,280
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 3,950 $10.05 $20,910
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 2,730 $13.65 $28,400
Rubber Product Manufacturing 2,470 $12.28 $25,550
Printing and Related Support Activities 2,030 $12.01 $24,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing (8) $16.84 $35,040
Ship and Boat Building 170 $14.39 $29,940
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 1,120 $14.06 $29,250
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 2,730 $13.65 $28,400
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing (8) $13.16 $27,380

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Mississippi 800 $11.45 $23,810 0.072%
North Carolina 2,330 $13.83 $28,760 0.060%
Indiana 1,530 $12.25 $25,480 0.053%
Vermont 140 $15.22 $31,660 0.047%
California 6,130 $10.37 $21,560 0.041%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Vermont 140 $15.22 $31,660 0.047%
Minnesota 480 $14.64 $30,440 0.018%
New York 1,410 $14.02 $29,160 0.017%
North Carolina 2,330 $13.83 $28,760 0.060%
Washington 240 $13.44 $27,950 0.009%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,160 $15.30 $31,820 0.716%
Dalton, GA 200 $8.71 $18,120 0.261%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 240 $10.91 $22,690 0.184%
Bloomington, IN 120 $14.95 $31,090 0.162%
Greensboro-High Point, NC 370 $12.51 $26,030 0.102%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Sacramento—Arden-Arcade—Roseville, CA 60 $16.89 $35,140 0.007%
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 360 $16.12 $33,540 0.020%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 130 $16.10 $33,490 0.017%
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,160 $15.30 $31,820 0.716%
Madison, WI 50 $15.26 $31,740 0.015%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 3, 2007

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