Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
5,700 10.0 % $11.89 $24,720 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.38 $9.45 $11.35 $13.73 $16.74
Annual Wage (2) $17,440 $19,660 $23,610 $28,560 $34,820


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 1,220 0.11 $11.90 $24,760
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 990 0.82 $10.73 $22,330
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 530 0.37 $12.43 $25,860
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 460 0.15 $12.46 $25,920
Other Textile Product Mills 370 0.59 $14.41 $29,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 990 0.82 $10.73 $22,330
Textile Furnishings Mills 330 0.64 $12.22 $25,420
Other Textile Product Mills 370 0.59 $14.41 $29,970
Apparel Knitting Mills 60 0.49 $11.27 $23,450
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 50 0.41 $11.74 $24,420

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 $16.49 $34,310
Other Textile Product Mills 370 0.59 $14.41 $29,970
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing 30 0.10 $13.61 $28,310
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 30 0.01 $13.02 $27,080
Traveler Accommodation 30 (7) $12.62 $26,250


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)
New York 1,010 0.12 2.73 $11.82 $24,590
California 850 0.06 1.35 $11.68 $24,290
Texas 730 0.07 1.55 $11.94 $24,830
North Carolina 240 0.06 1.42 $12.26 $25,500
Massachusetts 220 0.07 1.57 $15.26 $31,740




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)
New York 1,010 0.12 2.73 $11.82 $24,590
Texas 730 0.07 1.55 $11.94 $24,830
Missouri 190 0.07 1.63 $10.97 $22,820
Massachusetts 220 0.07 1.57 $15.26 $31,740
Alabama 130 0.07 1.63 $10.71 $22,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $15.81 $32,880
Massachusetts 220 0.07 1.57 $15.26 $31,740
Washington (8) (8) (8) $14.93 $31,050
Wisconsin 40 0.01 0.31 $14.41 $29,980
Florida 110 0.01 0.33 $13.00 $27,040





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 750 0.14 3.31 $11.61 $24,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.08 1.96 $12.07 $25,110
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 140 0.08 1.82 $15.20 $31,610
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 2.28 $12.31 $25,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.05 1.08 $10.71 $22,290
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 0.80 $10.84 $22,560
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 50 0.06 1.32 $11.64 $24,220
Baltimore-Towson, MD 40 0.03 0.72 $9.80 $20,390
Jacksonville, FL 40 0.06 1.42 $9.24 $19,230
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.67 $13.31 $27,670




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 750 0.14 3.31 $11.61 $24,150
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 2.28 $12.31 $25,610
Greensboro-High Point, NC 30 0.09 2.06 $11.95 $24,850
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 140 0.08 1.82 $15.20 $31,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.08 1.96 $12.07 $25,110
Jacksonville, FL 40 0.06 1.42 $9.24 $19,230
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 50 0.06 1.32 $11.64 $24,220
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.05 1.08 $10.71 $22,290
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.67 $13.31 $27,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 70 0.03 0.80 $10.84 $22,560




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 140 0.08 1.82 $15.20 $31,610
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.67 $13.31 $27,670
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $13.18 $27,420
Reading, PA (8) (8) (8) $12.80 $26,630
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $12.58 $26,170
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC (8) (8) (8) $12.58 $26,160
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $12.38 $25,750
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $12.34 $25,670
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 2.28 $12.31 $25,610
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (8) (8) (8) $12.24 $25,470

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.16 3.83 $14.40 $29,950

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.16 3.83 $14.40 $29,950

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.16 3.83 $14.40 $29,950


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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