Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
5,960 10.0 % $12.01 $24,980 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.54 $9.57 $11.36 $13.82 $16.90
Annual Wage (2) $17,770 $19,920 $23,630 $28,740 $35,150


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 1,050 0.89 $10.89 $22,650
Clothing Stores 890 0.08 $12.43 $25,860
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 780 0.54 $12.11 $25,190
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 460 0.15 $12.22 $25,410
Other Textile Product Mills 450 0.71 $14.67 $30,520

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 1,050 0.89 $10.89 $22,650
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 90 0.71 $11.16 $23,200
Other Textile Product Mills 450 0.71 $14.67 $30,520
Textile Furnishings Mills 310 0.60 $12.91 $26,850
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 780 0.54 $12.11 $25,190

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 $16.03 $33,350
Other Textile Product Mills 450 0.71 $14.67 $30,520
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing 40 0.13 $14.00 $29,120
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $13.31 $27,690
Textile Furnishings Mills 310 0.60 $12.91 $26,850


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 1,140 0.10 2.29 $11.42 $23,760
California 1,000 0.07 1.50 $11.31 $23,530
New York 750 0.08 1.92 $13.23 $27,510
Massachusetts 290 0.09 1.99 $15.72 $32,700
North Carolina 210 0.05 1.17 $12.30 $25,590



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)
Montana 70 0.15 3.49 $11.29 $23,480
Texas 1,140 0.10 2.29 $11.42 $23,760
Massachusetts 290 0.09 1.99 $15.72 $32,700
New York 750 0.08 1.92 $13.23 $27,510
Nebraska 70 0.07 1.68 $10.70 $22,270



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) $16.49 $34,290
Massachusetts 290 0.09 1.99 $15.72 $32,700
Washington 60 0.02 0.46 $13.89 $28,890
New Jersey 120 0.03 0.73 $13.44 $27,950
New York 750 0.08 1.92 $13.23 $27,510




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 510 0.09 2.13 $13.58 $28,240
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 490 0.17 3.88 $11.44 $23,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.09 2.08 $10.64 $22,120
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 210 0.09 2.08 $10.38 $21,580
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 2.25 $10.72 $22,290
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 2.96 $12.54 $26,090
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 2.01 $10.76 $22,380
Jacksonville, FL 60 0.11 2.40 $9.59 $19,950
Baltimore-Towson, MD 60 0.05 1.06 $10.47 $21,770
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.05 1.08 $9.48 $19,710



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 30 0.21 4.82 $12.27 $25,520
Chattanooga, TN-GA 50 0.21 4.77 $10.92 $22,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 490 0.17 3.88 $11.44 $23,790
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 2.96 $12.54 $26,090
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 50 0.11 2.52 $10.46 $21,760
Jacksonville, FL 60 0.11 2.40 $9.59 $19,950
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 2.25 $10.72 $22,290
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 510 0.09 2.13 $13.58 $28,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.09 2.08 $10.64 $22,120
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.09 2.01 $10.76 $22,380



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 (8) (8) (8) $15.73 $32,730
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.57 $15.51 $32,250
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $13.65 $28,390
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $13.63 $28,340
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 510 0.09 2.13 $13.58 $28,240
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $13.45 $27,980
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $13.22 $27,500
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC (8) (8) (8) $12.93 $26,900
Reading, PA (8) (8) (8) $12.85 $26,740
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (8) (8) (8) $12.65 $26,300


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015