Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
165,680 1.8 % $10.70 $22,250 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.69 $8.50 $9.74 $12.28 $15.15
Annual Wage (2) $15,990 $17,670 $20,260 $25,530 $31,510


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
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 65,680 $9.94 $20,680
Other Textile Product Mills 21,560 $10.84 $22,540
Textile Furnishings Mills 12,300 $10.96 $22,800
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 8,810 $13.24 $27,550
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 6,070 $10.07 $20,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 140 $17.37 $36,130
Other Personal Services (8) $16.32 $33,950
Department Stores 120 $15.49 $32,230
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 30 $15.12 $31,460
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 $14.89 $30,980


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 Employment per thousand workers
Mississippi 4,510 $11.93 $24,810 4.111
Alabama 5,290 $9.26 $19,260 2.837
California 38,790 $10.09 $20,980 2.669
North Carolina 10,270 $11.15 $23,200 2.634
Tennessee 5,420 $9.98 $20,760 2.063

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 50 $14.81 $30,810 0.177
New Hampshire 370 $13.15 $27,350 0.603
Washington 2,330 $12.91 $26,860 0.835
Connecticut 970 $12.90 $26,820 0.585
Rhode Island 200 $12.79 $26,590 0.445


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 Employment per thousand workers
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 2,170 $14.27 $29,680 15.031
New Bedford, MA 790 $14.41 $29,980 12.504
Dalton, GA 780 $12.12 $25,210 11.650
Anniston-Oxford, AL 330 $10.62 $22,090 7.072
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 27,900 $9.90 $20,590 7.042

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 $15.73 $32,710 0.859
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 100 $15.62 $32,480 0.186
Sheboygan, WI 90 $15.50 $32,250 1.465
Bangor, ME 40 $15.02 $31,250 0.643
New Bedford, MA 790 $14.41 $29,980 12.504


About May 2009 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 XLS files.

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 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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