Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
139,500 2.1 % $12.42 $25,830 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.90 $10.00 $11.38 $14.29 $17.79
Annual Wage (2) $18,500 $20,800 $23,670 $29,730 $37,000


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 45,880 42.31 $11.62 $24,170
Other Textile Product Mills 20,120 31.31 $12.50 $26,010
Textile Furnishings Mills 9,850 18.94 $12.77 $26,570
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 7,660 3.13 $14.62 $30,400
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 5,090 42.55 $11.62 $24,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 5,090 42.55 $11.62 $24,170
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 45,880 42.31 $11.62 $24,170
Other Textile Product Mills 20,120 31.31 $12.50 $26,010
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 2,670 22.19 $12.07 $25,100
Textile Furnishings Mills 9,850 18.94 $12.77 $26,570

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) 100 0.01 $19.27 $40,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $18.68 $38,860
State Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $17.55 $36,490
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 30 0.02 $16.03 $33,340
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $15.79 $32,840


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 27,850 1.74 1.76 $11.98 $24,910
New York 11,530 1.27 1.28 $12.62 $26,250
North Carolina 9,470 2.24 2.25 $12.56 $26,130
Texas 8,060 0.69 0.69 $11.27 $23,440
Florida 7,430 0.90 0.91 $11.91 $24,770




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 3,800 3.40 3.42 $13.49 $28,060
North Carolina 9,470 2.24 2.25 $12.56 $26,130
California 27,850 1.74 1.76 $11.98 $24,910
South Carolina 3,210 1.62 1.63 $10.95 $22,770
Alabama 3,040 1.59 1.60 $11.07 $23,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.13 0.13 $18.82 $39,150
Connecticut 1,000 0.60 0.60 $15.72 $32,700
District of Columbia 40 0.05 0.05 $15.32 $31,860
Washington 4,320 1.41 1.42 $14.76 $30,700
Delaware 130 0.30 0.30 $14.63 $30,430





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 20,200 4.79 4.82 $11.61 $24,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,130 1.69 1.70 $12.43 $25,860
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,280 2.07 2.08 $14.59 $30,350
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,770 2.46 2.47 $10.64 $22,140
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,460 0.68 0.68 $13.50 $28,090
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,320 1.48 1.49 $12.22 $25,420
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 2,310 15.55 15.65 $15.65 $32,550
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,310 0.95 0.96 $10.75 $22,350
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,270 6.35 6.40 $12.32 $25,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,100 0.82 0.83 $12.97 $26,980