Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-6051 Sewers, Hand

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


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
5,460 9.2 % $12.30 $25,590 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.32 $9.24 $11.32 $13.97 $17.91
Annual Wage (2) $17,300 $19,220 $23,540 $29,050 $37,250


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,130 0.91 $11.40 $23,700
Clothing Stores 900 0.08 $13.45 $27,970
Other Textile Product Mills 560 0.87 $12.00 $24,960
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 450 0.32 $12.66 $26,330
Textile Furnishings Mills 370 0.67 $12.24 $25,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 130 1.14 $13.68 $28,440
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,130 0.91 $11.40 $23,700
Other Textile Product Mills 560 0.87 $12.00 $24,960
Textile Furnishings Mills 370 0.67 $12.24 $25,460
Apparel Knitting Mills 100 0.61 $10.95 $22,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Department Stores 40 (7) $20.75 $43,160
Traveler Accommodation 50 (7) $13.75 $28,600
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 130 1.14 $13.68 $28,440
Clothing Stores 900 0.08 $13.45 $27,970
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $13.14 $27,330


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,020 0.07 1.71 $12.52 $26,040
New York 820 0.10 2.28 $12.46 $25,920
Massachusetts 380 0.12 2.83 $14.05 $29,230
North Carolina 270 0.07 1.63 $10.51 $21,870
Georgia 210 0.06 1.31 $11.01 $22,910




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 380 0.12 2.83 $14.05 $29,230
New York 820 0.10 2.28 $12.46 $25,920
Rhode Island 30 0.07 1.57 $11.89 $24,740
North Carolina 270 0.07 1.63 $10.51 $21,870
Indiana 190 0.07 1.58 $10.54 $21,910




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 30 0.03 0.66 $18.83 $39,160
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $14.97 $31,130
Washington 90 0.03 0.76 $14.41 $29,980
Massachusetts 380 0.12 2.83 $14.05 $29,230
Florida 130 0.02 0.42 $13.16 $27,370





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 0.13 3.12 $12.30 $25,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.15 3.56 $13.02 $27,080
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.16 3.76 $11.75 $24,440
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 210 0.13 2.94 $14.91 $31,020
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 90 0.16 3.82 $12.09 $25,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 90 0.04 1.00 $10.52 $21,890
Rochester, NY 70 0.14 3.35 $11.57 $24,060
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.19 $10.70 $22,250
Baltimore-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.89 $9.97 $20,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.51 $10.55 $21,940




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 90 0.16 3.82 $12.09 $25,140
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.16 3.76 $11.75 $24,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.15 3.56 $13.02 $27,080
Rochester, NY 70 0.14 3.35 $11.57 $24,060
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 210 0.13 2.94 $14.91 $31,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 0.13 3.12 $12.30 $25,580
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.19 $10.70 $22,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 90 0.04 1.00 $10.52 $21,890
Baltimore-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.89 $9.97 $20,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.51 $10.55 $21,940




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 210 0.13 2.94 $14.91 $31,020
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $14.08 $29,290
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $13.49 $28,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.15 3.56 $13.02 $27,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 0.13 3.12 $12.30 $25,580
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 90 0.16 3.82 $12.09 $25,140
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $11.80 $24,550
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.16 3.76 $11.75 $24,440
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $11.69 $24,310
Rochester, NY 70 0.14 3.35 $11.57 $24,060


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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