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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
4,770 10.3 % $14.92 $31,020 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.16 $11.72 $14.40 $17.74 $20.48
Annual Wage (2) $21,140 $24,390 $29,950 $36,890 $42,600


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)
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 280 0.35 $15.90 $33,070
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 200 0.07 $14.89 $30,980
Textile Furnishings Mills 190 0.37 $12.92 $26,880
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 180 0.06 $12.45 $25,890
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 180 0.05 $14.21 $29,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Footwear Manufacturing 100 0.83 $14.35 $29,850
Textile Furnishings Mills 190 0.37 $12.92 $26,880
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 280 0.35 $15.90 $33,070
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 40 0.31 $13.09 $27,230
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing 80 0.24 $16.21 $33,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Printing and Related Support Activities 70 0.02 $17.52 $36,440
Performing Arts Companies 90 0.06 $17.27 $35,920
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing 80 0.24 $16.21 $33,720
Other Textile Product Mills (8) (8) $15.94 $33,150
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 280 0.35 $15.90 $33,070


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 720 0.04 1.27 $15.31 $31,840
New York 440 0.05 1.43 $16.05 $33,390
Pennsylvania 290 0.05 1.54 $14.23 $29,600
Texas 290 0.02 0.72 $14.59 $30,350
Utah 280 0.19 5.76 $12.08 $25,130




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)
Utah 280 0.19 5.76 $12.08 $25,130
Mississippi 60 0.06 1.73 $14.90 $30,990
Pennsylvania 290 0.05 1.54 $14.23 $29,600
New York 440 0.05 1.43 $16.05 $33,390
Virginia 170 0.04 1.35 $11.15 $23,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 70 0.04 1.14 $19.01 $39,540
Kentucky (8) (8) (8) $17.10 $35,570
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $16.86 $35,070
New York 440 0.05 1.43 $16.05 $33,390
Alabama (8) (8) (8) $15.91 $33,090





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 440 0.05 1.39 $16.02 $33,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 420 0.07 2.05 $14.94 $31,080
Salt Lake City, UT 200 0.27 8.20 $12.01 $24,990
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 190 0.04 1.25 $14.54 $30,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 120 0.04 1.37 $15.69 $32,640
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 60 0.02 0.60 $16.24 $33,770
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 1.33 $13.55 $28,190
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.04 1.19 $19.66 $40,890
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 50 0.17 5.33 $12.10 $25,180
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 40 0.01 0.42 $12.05 $25,060




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)
Salt Lake City, UT 200 0.27 8.20 $12.01 $24,990
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 50 0.17 5.33 $12.10 $25,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 420 0.07 2.05 $14.94 $31,080
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 440 0.05 1.39 $16.02 $33,330
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 120 0.04 1.37 $15.69 $32,640
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 1.33 $13.55 $28,190
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.04 1.19 $19.66 $40,890
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 190 0.04 1.25 $14.54 $30,250
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 30 0.03 0.96 $13.75 $28,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 30 0.02 0.51 $13.50 $28,090




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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.04 1.19 $19.66 $40,890
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.85 $39,200
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 30 0.02 0.67 $16.42 $34,150
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $16.29 $33,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 60 0.02 0.60 $16.24 $33,770
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 440 0.05 1.39 $16.02 $33,330
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 120 0.04 1.37 $15.69 $32,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $15.03 $31,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 420 0.07 2.05 $14.94 $31,080
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (8) (8) (8) $14.91 $31,020

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 50 0.21 6.33 $16.09 $33,470

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 50 0.21 6.33 $16.09 $33,470

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 Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 6.33 $16.09 $33,470


About May 2019 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 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020