Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
6,920 10.8 % $12.01 $24,980 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.77 $9.54 $11.37 $13.80 $16.39
Annual Wage (2) $18,240 $19,840 $23,640 $28,700 $34,100


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)
Clothing Stores 850 0.08 $13.05 $27,130
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 750 0.51 $11.57 $24,060
Other Textile Product Mills 470 0.74 $13.78 $28,660
Textile Furnishings Mills 330 0.63 $13.72 $28,530
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 300 0.10 $11.23 $23,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 110 0.94 $11.17 $23,230
Other Textile Product Mills 470 0.74 $13.78 $28,660
Textile Furnishings Mills 330 0.63 $13.72 $28,530
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 750 0.51 $11.57 $24,060
Footwear Manufacturing 70 0.50 $11.92 $24,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 40 0.02 $18.26 $37,980
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $14.36 $29,860
Other Textile Product Mills 470 0.74 $13.78 $28,660
Textile Furnishings Mills 330 0.63 $13.72 $28,530
Performing Arts Companies 90 0.08 $13.08 $27,210


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)
Texas 1,430 0.12 2.46 $11.71 $24,350
California 1,340 0.09 1.73 $11.35 $23,610
New York 1,110 0.12 2.47 $12.53 $26,060
Massachusetts 330 0.10 1.96 $15.68 $32,610
North Carolina 180 0.04 0.85 $12.33 $25,650




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)
Texas 1,430 0.12 2.46 $11.71 $24,350
New York 1,110 0.12 2.47 $12.53 $26,060
Montana 50 0.12 2.31 $11.52 $23,970
Massachusetts 330 0.10 1.96 $15.68 $32,610
California 1,340 0.09 1.73 $11.35 $23,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 330 0.10 1.96 $15.68 $32,610
Virginia 40 0.01 0.20 $15.55 $32,340
New Jersey 160 0.04 0.83 $14.17 $29,470
Pennsylvania 130 0.02 0.46 $13.29 $27,650
Washington 40 0.01 0.26 $13.16 $27,380





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 590 0.20 3.99 $11.96 $24,880
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 530 0.08 1.65 $12.84 $26,710
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 230 0.13 2.56 $15.66 $32,580
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.10 2.04 $11.19 $23,280
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 120 0.13 2.50 $11.35 $23,600
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 1.73 $13.38 $27,840
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 1.00 $14.92 $31,030
Chattanooga, TN-GA 50 0.20 4.04 $11.29 $23,490
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 40 0.08 1.63 $13.43 $27,930
Greensboro-High Point, NC 30 0.09 1.88 $12.66 $26,330




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 590 0.20 3.99 $11.96 $24,880
Chattanooga, TN-GA 50 0.20 4.04 $11.29 $23,490
Reading, PA 30 0.18 3.67 $13.55 $28,190
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 230 0.13 2.56 $15.66 $32,580
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 120 0.13 2.50 $11.35 $23,600
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.10 2.04 $11.19 $23,280
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 1.73 $13.38 $27,840
Greensboro-High Point, NC 30 0.09 1.88 $12.66 $26,330
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 530 0.08 1.65 $12.84 $26,710
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 40 0.08 1.63 $13.43 $27,930




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-Newton, MA NECTA Division 230 0.13 2.56 $15.66 $32,580
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 1.00 $14.92 $31,030
Reading, PA 30 0.18 3.67 $13.55 $28,190
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $13.49 $28,070
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 40 0.08 1.63 $13.43 $27,930
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 1.73 $13.38 $27,840
Kansas City, MO-KS 30 0.03 0.59 $13.25 $27,560
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC (8) (8) (8) $12.98 $27,000
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 530 0.08 1.65 $12.84 $26,710
Austin-Round Rock, TX (8) (8) (8) $12.67 $26,340


About May 2015 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 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016