Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
136,530 1.9 % $12.62 $26,250 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.03 $10.20 $11.69 $14.42 $17.83
Annual Wage (2) $18,770 $21,220 $24,320 $30,000 $37,090


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 44,300 43.86 $11.87 $24,680
Other Textile Product Mills 20,230 31.78 $12.86 $26,740
Textile Furnishings Mills 9,610 18.21 $12.69 $26,400
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 7,980 2.26 $14.62 $30,400
Printing and Related Support Activities 4,880 1.10 $12.66 $26,330

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 44,300 43.86 $11.87 $24,680
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 4,430 39.48 $11.93 $24,820
Other Textile Product Mills 20,230 31.78 $12.86 $26,740
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 2,500 22.69 $11.92 $24,790
Textile Furnishings Mills 9,610 18.21 $12.69 $26,400

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) 110 0.01 $19.40 $40,360
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $18.98 $39,470
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 60 (7) $18.24 $37,950
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 0.02 $16.34 $33,990
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 120 0.08 $15.57 $32,390


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 26,260 1.57 1.64 $12.45 $25,890
New York 11,190 1.22 1.27 $13.42 $27,910
Texas 9,520 0.80 0.84 $11.25 $23,400
North Carolina 9,350 2.17 2.27 $12.97 $26,980
Florida 6,650 0.79 0.82 $12.37 $25,740




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 3,950 3.53 3.68 $13.08 $27,210
North Carolina 9,350 2.17 2.27 $12.97 $26,980
California 26,260 1.57 1.64 $12.45 $25,890
Alabama 2,810 1.46 1.53 $11.30 $23,500
Kentucky 2,640 1.41 1.47 $11.47 $23,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 1,040 0.63 0.66 $16.09 $33,470
Washington 2,730 0.86 0.90 $15.46 $32,150
Rhode Island 230 0.49 0.51 $15.08 $31,370
Delaware 80 0.19 0.20 $14.90 $30,990
Massachusetts 2,590 0.73 0.77 $14.50 $30,160



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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 18,470 4.17 4.35 $12.06 $25,070
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,740 1.60 1.67 $13.04 $27,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,690 1.03 1.07 $12.76 $26,540
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,690 1.08 1.13 $11.26 $23,420
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,530 1.57 1.64 $12.73 $26,490
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,450 0.67 0.70 $14.72 $30,620
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 2,260 14.68 15.33 $15.96 $33,200
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,200 6.05 6.32 $13.00 $27,030
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,150 1.89 1.97 $10.93 $22,730
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,770 1.07 1.12 $14.61 $30,390


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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 2,260 14.68 15.33 $15.96 $33,200
Dalton, GA 690 10.45 10.91 $12.75 $26,510
New Bedford, MA 680 10.38 10.84 $15.78 $32,820
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 830 6.52 6.80 $14.45 $30,050
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,200 6.05 6.32 $13.00 $27,030
Burlington, NC 280 4.61 4.82 $11.85 $24,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 18,470 4.17 4.35 $12.06 $25,070
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 320 3.38 3.53 $13.57 $28,230
Cleveland, TN 150 3.37 3.51 $8.89 $18,490
Spartanburg, SC 480 3.20 3.35 $11.26 $23,420


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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)
Waterbury, CT (8) (8) (8) $19.04 $39,600
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.38 0.40 $17.88 $37,200
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 30 0.26 0.27 $17.71 $36,840
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 160 0.67 0.70 $17.62 $36,640
Bellingham, WA (8) (8) (8) $17.26 $35,900
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 0.83 0.86 $17.21 $35,790
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.08 $35,530
New Haven, CT 190 0.70 0.73 $16.98 $35,320
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 150 0.76 0.79 $16.76 $34,860
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 60 0.50 0.52 $16.60 $34,520

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 3,230 13.96 14.58 $13.49 $28,060
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 1,030 4.00 4.17 $10.69 $22,240
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 930 6.42 6.70 $11.68 $24,290
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 730 4.63 4.83 $11.00 $22,880
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 660 5.44 5.68 $10.05 $20,900

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 3,230 13.96 14.58 $13.49 $28,060
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 420 6.50 6.79 $11.73 $24,400
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 930 6.42 6.70 $11.68 $24,290
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 660 5.44 5.68 $10.05 $20,900
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 250 5.30 5.53 $9.06 $18,850

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)
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 100 0.97 1.02 $15.75 $32,770
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.71 0.74 $15.64 $32,540
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 60 1.71 1.79 $15.17 $31,550
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.54 0.57 $15.00 $31,210
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.53 0.55 $14.52 $30,190


About May 2017 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018