Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
142,380 1.7 % $11.11 $23,110 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.18 $8.82 $10.23 $12.80 $15.82
Annual Wage (2) $17,020 $18,350 $21,270 $26,620 $32,910


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 52,240 41.92 $10.18 $21,170
Other Textile Product Mills 20,030 30.67 $11.42 $23,760
Textile Furnishings Mills 8,920 16.98 $11.81 $24,560
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 6,640 3.06 $13.49 $28,060
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 5,430 1.76 $10.92 $22,710

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 52,240 41.92 $10.18 $21,170
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 4,060 34.29 $10.70 $22,260
Other Textile Product Mills 20,030 30.67 $11.42 $23,760
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 3,640 29.79 $10.30 $21,410
Apparel Knitting Mills 2,530 19.08 $10.23 $21,290

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) 120 0.01 $17.96 $37,360
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $17.72 $36,860
Department Stores 40 (7) $16.73 $34,800
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $14.87 $30,920
Local Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $14.57 $30,300


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 31,090 2.17 1.99 $10.07 $20,950
New York 13,270 1.55 1.42 $12.03 $25,020
North Carolina 8,960 2.31 2.11 $11.33 $23,570
Texas 7,460 0.71 0.65 $10.43 $21,690
Florida 5,150 0.71 0.65 $10.98 $22,840




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 3,470 3.21 2.94 $11.51 $23,930
North Carolina 8,960 2.31 2.11 $11.33 $23,570
California 31,090 2.17 1.99 $10.07 $20,950
Kentucky 3,380 1.91 1.75 $10.50 $21,840
Alabama 3,440 1.88 1.72 $9.85 $20,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $16.63 $34,590
Nevada 440 0.39 0.36 $14.20 $29,540
Wisconsin 2,070 0.77 0.71 $13.47 $28,010
Connecticut 620 0.39 0.35 $13.34 $27,740
Washington 2,300 0.83 0.76 $13.09 $27,230





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 21,870 5.65 5.17 $9.76 $20,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,730 2.08 1.90 $11.91 $24,770
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,600 2.55 2.34 $9.94 $20,680
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,370 0.93 0.85 $12.69 $26,390
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,350 6.84 6.26 $10.86 $22,580
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,140 1.02 0.93 $10.87 $22,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,130 0.94 0.86 $10.85 $22,570
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,950 13.63 12.47 $14.91 $31,020
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.94 0.86 $12.99 $27,020
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,570 1.29 1.18 $12.52 $26,040




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 Bedford, MA 1,040 16.23 14.85 $9.15 $19,030
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,950 13.63 12.47 $14.91 $31,020
Dalton, GA 790 12.71 11.63 $12.13 $25,230
Cleveland, TN 370 9.95 9.10 $10.53 $21,900
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,350 6.84 6.26 $10.86 $22,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 21,870 5.65 5.17 $9.76 $20,300
Morristown, TN 220 4.83 4.42 $9.08 $18,890
Burlington, NC 270 4.74 4.34 $10.55 $21,940
Fort Wayne, IN 820 4.10 3.75 $10.96 $22,800
Altoona, PA 230 4.01 3.67 $11.13 $23,140