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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Sewing Machine Operators
Industry profile for Sewing Machine Operators
Geographic profile for Sewing Machine Operators

National estimates for Sewing Machine Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Sewing Machine Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
116,520 1.9 % $ 14.14 $ 29,420 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Sewing Machine Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.74 $ 11.63 $ 13.57 $ 15.91 $ 19.13
Annual Wage (2) $ 20,270 $ 24,190 $ 28,230 $ 33,080 $ 39,790


Industry profile for Sewing Machine Operators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Sewing Machine Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Sewing Machine Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Sewing Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 28,480 38.68 $ 13.41 $ 27,890
Other Textile Product Mills 17,970 30.66 $ 14.07 $ 29,270
Textile Furnishings Mills 7,730 17.70 $ 14.12 $ 29,370
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 6,610 2.00 $ 16.11 $ 33,500
Printing and Related Support Activities 5,470 1.40 $ 13.99 $ 29,100

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Sewing Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 28,480 38.68 $ 13.41 $ 27,890
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 3,690 37.76 $ 13.63 $ 28,350
Other Textile Product Mills 17,970 30.66 $ 14.07 $ 29,270
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 2,200 20.20 $ 13.82 $ 28,740
Textile Furnishings Mills 7,730 17.70 $ 14.12 $ 29,370

Top paying industries for Sewing Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 30 (7) $ 22.86 $ 47,560
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 110 0.01 $ 21.19 $ 44,060
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 (7) $ 20.97 $ 43,620
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 70 0.01 $ 18.77 $ 39,040
Traveler Accommodation 130 0.01 $ 17.27 $ 35,920


Geographic profile for Sewing Machine Operators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Sewing Machine Operators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Sewing Machine Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Sewing Machine Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 17,510 1.07 1.27 $ 14.82 $ 30,820
North Carolina 9,110 2.12 2.54 $ 14.25 $ 29,640
Texas 8,360 0.69 0.82 $ 11.99 $ 24,930
New York 6,860 0.79 0.94 $ 16.07 $ 33,430
Georgia 5,650 1.31 1.57 $ 12.75 $ 26,530




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sewing Machine Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 2,680 2.49 2.97 $ 13.72 $ 28,540
North Carolina 9,110 2.12 2.54 $ 14.25 $ 29,640
South Carolina 3,600 1.79 2.13 $ 14.50 $ 30,170
Tennessee 4,460 1.54 1.83 $ 13.40 $ 27,870
Alabama 2,750 1.45 1.73 $ 11.74 $ 24,430




Top paying states for Sewing Machine Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,860 0.58 0.70 $ 17.73 $ 36,880
Massachusetts 1,800 0.54 0.64 $ 16.79 $ 34,920
Rhode Island 420 0.96 1.14 $ 16.67 $ 34,660
Connecticut 610 0.39 0.47 $ 16.51 $ 34,330
Minnesota 1,810 0.67 0.80 $ 16.47 $ 34,260





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Sewing Machine Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,380 2.30 2.74 $ 14.49 $ 30,140
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,540 0.85 1.02 $ 15.62 $ 32,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,150 1.20 1.43 $ 12.99 $ 27,010
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,130 0.72 0.86 $ 13.95 $ 29,010
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,950 0.82 0.98 $ 12.66 $ 26,320
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,600 1.04 1.24 $ 12.86 $ 26,750
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 2,320 16.05 19.16 $ 17.79 $ 37,010
Greensboro-High Point, NC 1,830 5.23 6.24 $ 13.99 $ 29,090
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,620 0.60 0.72 $ 14.29 $ 29,720
El Paso, TX 1,560 5.14 6.13 $ 9.10 $ 18,940




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sewing Machine Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 2,320 16.05 19.16 $ 17.79 $ 37,010
Dalton, GA 660 10.91 13.03 $ 13.66 $ 28,420
Greensboro-High Point, NC 1,830 5.23 6.24 $ 13.99 $ 29,090
El Paso, TX 1,560 5.14 6.13 $ 9.10 $ 18,940
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 460 5.03 6.00 $ 15.66 $ 32,570
Cleveland, TN 230 4.98 5.94 $ 13.05 $ 27,150
Jacksonville, NC 200 4.44 5.29 $ 12.23 $ 25,440
Burlington, NC 250 4.09 4.88 $ 13.41 $ 27,890
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 430 3.45 4.12 $ 15.73 $ 32,730
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 160 3.41 4.07 $ 16.87 $ 35,090




Top paying metropolitan areas for Sewing Machine Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Appleton, WI 210 1.78 2.12 $ 22.86 $ 47,540
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 100 0.26 0.31 $ 20.08 $ 41,770
Rochester, MN (8) (8) (8) $ 19.16 $ 39,860
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,380 0.70 0.84 $ 18.21 $ 37,870
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 2,320 16.05 19.16 $ 17.79 $ 37,010
Bellingham, WA 40 0.49 0.58 $ 17.71 $ 36,840
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 180 0.19 0.22 $ 17.67 $ 36,750
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,120 0.43 0.51 $ 17.42 $ 36,240
Fargo, ND-MN 40 0.26 0.31 $ 17.24 $ 35,850
Manchester, NH 50 0.50 0.60 $ 17.06 $ 35,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Sewing Machine Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 2,150 9.58 11.44 $ 14.00 $ 29,110
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 900 8.56 10.21 $ 12.54 $ 26,070
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 850 5.37 6.41 $ 9.95 $ 20,690
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 850 3.47 4.14 $ 11.80 $ 24,550
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 530 3.23 3.86 $ 13.01 $ 27,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sewing Machine Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 2,150 9.58 11.44 $ 14.00 $ 29,110
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 900 8.56 10.21 $ 12.54 $ 26,070
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 450 6.99 8.34 $ 11.75 $ 24,450
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 850 5.37 6.41 $ 9.95 $ 20,690
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 520 4.41 5.27 $ 11.87 $ 24,700

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Sewing Machine Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 0.43 $ 22.44 $ 46,680
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.47 $ 19.40 $ 40,340
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.77 0.92 $ 18.28 $ 38,030
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.69 0.82 $ 18.18 $ 37,820
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 0.69 $ 16.32 $ 33,950


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021