Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
143,370 2.2 % $11.25 $23,400 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.21 $8.85 $10.33 $13.03 $16.22
Annual Wage (2) $17,070 $18,410 $21,490 $27,090 $33,740


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 54,330 44.99 $10.31 $21,450
Other Textile Product Mills 20,300 31.95 $11.62 $24,170
Textile Furnishings Mills 8,700 16.67 $12.12 $25,210
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 6,920 3.13 $13.04 $27,130
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 4,300 1.41 $11.33 $23,560

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 54,330 44.99 $10.31 $21,450
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 3,770 33.33 $10.92 $22,720
Other Textile Product Mills 20,300 31.95 $11.62 $24,170
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 3,230 28.00 $10.32 $21,460
Apparel Knitting Mills 2,170 17.59 $10.01 $20,820

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 $17.99 $37,430
State Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $17.47 $36,330
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 (7) $15.51 $32,250
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 40 0.02 $15.26 $31,740
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $14.92 $31,030


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 33,170 2.25 2.08 $10.39 $21,610
New York 12,700 1.47 1.36 $11.96 $24,880
North Carolina 8,750 2.22 2.05 $11.43 $23,770
Texas 7,910 0.72 0.67 $10.72 $22,300
Florida 5,240 0.70 0.65 $11.42 $23,740




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)
Mississippi 3,670 3.39 3.13 $11.39 $23,700
California 33,170 2.25 2.08 $10.39 $21,610
North Carolina 8,750 2.22 2.05 $11.43 $23,770
Kentucky 3,900 2.19 2.03 $10.06 $20,930
Alabama 3,190 1.73 1.60 $9.85 $20,480




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) $16.64 $34,620
Delaware (8) (8) (8) $14.40 $29,950
Connecticut 670 0.41 0.38 $14.02 $29,160
Nevada 460 0.40 0.37 $13.99 $29,100
Wisconsin 2,290 0.85 0.78 $13.67 $28,430





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 24,860 6.25 5.78 $10.10 $21,010
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,980 2.10 1.94 $11.80 $24,550
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,210 0.87 0.80 $12.18 $25,340
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,720 1.87 1.73 $10.60 $22,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,390 1.11 1.03 $10.94 $22,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,380 1.03 0.95 $11.77 $24,490
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,200 6.37 5.89 $11.34 $23,590
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,900 13.24 12.24 $14.41 $29,960
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,530 0.55 0.51 $11.56 $24,040
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,470 1.44 1.33 $10.60 $22,050




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)
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,900 13.24 12.24 $14.41 $29,960
Dalton, GA 820 13.24 12.24 $13.51 $28,100
Cleveland, TN 350 9.06 8.38 $10.53 $21,910
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,200 6.37 5.89 $11.34 $23,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 24,860 6.25 5.78 $10.10 $21,010
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 560 4.94 4.57 $11.53 $23,980
Burlington, NC 260 4.65 4.30 $11.06 $23,010
Fort Wayne, IN 880 4.34 4.02 $11.42 $23,750
Morristown, TN 180 4.11 3.80 $8.64 $17,970
Manhattan, KS 200 3.93 3.64 $10.41 $21,660