Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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
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)
147,030 1.7 % $10.88 $22,630 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.89 $8.65 $9.90 $12.46 $15.28
Annual Wage (2) $16,410 $18,000 $20,600 $25,910 $31,790


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 55,880 43.61 $10.08 $20,970
Other Textile Product Mills 19,060 30.39 $10.93 $22,720
Textile Furnishings Mills 11,490 19.41 $11.50 $23,920
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 7,600 3.33 $13.34 $27,760
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 5,410 41.79 $10.10 $21,010

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 55,880 43.61 $10.08 $20,970
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 5,410 41.79 $10.10 $21,010
Other Textile Product Mills 19,060 30.39 $10.93 $22,720
Textile Furnishings Mills 11,490 19.41 $11.50 $23,920
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 2,070 19.29 $10.69 $22,240

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 130 0.01 $17.79 $37,000
Department Stores 100 0.01 $15.61 $32,460
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $15.37 $31,980
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 40 (7) $15.34 $31,910
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores (8) (8) $14.90 $31,000


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 33,180 2.37 2.05 $10.08 $20,960
New York 12,960 1.55 1.34 $11.70 $24,340
North Carolina 9,050 2.40 2.07 $11.38 $23,670
Texas 7,390 0.73 0.63 $9.71 $20,200
Pennsylvania 6,020 1.10 0.95 $11.18 $23,250




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)
Mississippi 3,580 3.35 2.89 $11.95 $24,860
North Carolina 9,050 2.40 2.07 $11.38 $23,670
California 33,180 2.37 2.05 $10.08 $20,960
Alabama 4,150 2.30 1.98 $9.84 $20,460
Kentucky 3,300 1.92 1.66 $10.52 $21,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.23 0.20 $16.43 $34,170
Nevada 440 0.40 0.34 $13.35 $27,760
Connecticut 910 0.57 0.49 $13.30 $27,670
Washington 2,220 0.82 0.71 $13.10 $27,250
Massachusetts 2,200 0.71 0.61 $12.69 $26,390

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 24,020 6.29 5.44 $9.75 $20,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,330 2.27 1.97 $11.51 $23,930
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,580 2.61 2.25 $10.19 $21,200
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,750 0.78 0.67 $11.98 $24,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,200 1.00 0.87 $11.44 $23,800
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,090 6.24 5.39 $11.79 $24,520
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,750 12.68 10.96 $14.47 $30,100
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.92 0.80 $12.30 $25,580
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,640 1.31 1.13 $10.06 $20,930
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 1,560 7.95 6.87 $8.24 $17,130




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)
Dalton, GA 830 13.17 11.38 $11.60 $24,130
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,750 12.68 10.96 $14.47 $30,100
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 1,560 7.95 6.87 $8.24 $17,130
Cleveland, TN 240 6.81 5.89 $10.30 $21,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 24,020 6.29 5.44 $9.75 $20,290
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,090 6.24 5.39 $11.79 $24,520
Cumberland, MD-WV 200 5.32 4.59 $8.35 $17,370
Burlington, NC 280 5.20 4.49 $9.62 $20,000
Lebanon, PA 220 4.81 4.16 $11.01 $22,900
Morristown, TN 190 4.35 3.76 $9.75 $20,280




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)
Janesville, WI 70 1.10 0.95 $19.86 $41,310
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $17.02 $35,410
Barnstable Town, MA 30 0.36 0.31 $16.87 $35,080
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 310 1.20 1.04 $16.61 $34,550
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.86 0.74 $16.10 $33,480
Appleton, WI 120 1.06 0.91 $15.48 $32,190
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 120 0.22 0.19 $15.38 $31,990
Reno-Sparks, NV 140 0.73 0.63 $15.15 $31,510
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 110 1.18 1.02 $14.60 $30,380
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 50 0.41 0.36 $14.52 $30,190

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 2,580 12.54 10.84 $12.61 $26,230
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 1,170 8.69 7.52 $10.15 $21,120
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 1,080 6.62 5.72 $10.76 $22,390
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 1,010 8.19 7.08 $9.39 $19,530
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 990 8.91 7.71 $10.40 $21,640

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 2,580 12.54 10.84 $12.61 $26,230
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 990 8.91 7.71 $10.40 $21,640
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 1,170 8.69 7.52 $10.15 $21,120
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 530 8.57 7.41 $9.27 $19,290
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 1,010 8.19 7.08 $9.39 $19,530

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)
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.46 0.40 $15.61 $32,470
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 0.98 0.84 $14.32 $29,780
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.79 0.69 $14.23 $29,610
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 1.42 1.23 $13.97 $29,060
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 120 3.49 3.01 $13.73 $28,570


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011