Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
5,350 12.5 % $14.19 $29,510 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.05 $11.32 $13.78 $16.15 $18.95
Annual Wage (2) $20,900 $23,540 $28,650 $33,590 $39,410


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)
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 260 0.09 $15.01 $31,220
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 240 0.31 $14.30 $29,740
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 210 0.07 $12.06 $25,090
Textile Furnishings Mills 140 0.28 $12.69 $26,400
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 120 0.08 $13.55 $28,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 50 0.48 $13.30 $27,660
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 240 0.31 $14.30 $29,740
Textile Furnishings Mills 140 0.28 $12.69 $26,400
Fabric Mills 70 0.12 $14.28 $29,700
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 260 0.09 $15.01 $31,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) (8) (8) $16.51 $34,330
Printing and Related Support Activities 110 0.03 $15.88 $33,030
Performing Arts Companies 70 0.05 $15.60 $32,450
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing (8) (8) $15.14 $31,500
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 260 0.09 $15.01 $31,220


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 1,370 0.08 2.17 $14.28 $29,700
New York 560 0.06 1.62 $14.09 $29,310
Texas 240 0.02 0.54 $15.43 $32,100
Illinois 230 0.04 1.05 $13.76 $28,620
Utah 220 0.15 4.04 $11.35 $23,600




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)
Idaho 150 0.21 5.56 $14.90 $30,990
Utah 220 0.15 4.04 $11.35 $23,600
California 1,370 0.08 2.17 $14.28 $29,700
New York 560 0.06 1.62 $14.09 $29,310
Louisiana 110 0.06 1.52 $10.45 $21,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 40 0.02 0.55 $18.30 $38,060
Kentucky (8) (8) (8) $17.24 $35,850
Missouri (8) (8) (8) $17.16 $35,700
Colorado 40 0.02 0.42 $15.77 $32,810
Texas 240 0.02 0.54 $15.43 $32,100





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-Anaheim, CA 1,130 0.18 4.99 $14.08 $29,290
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 660 0.07 1.88 $14.32 $29,780
Salt Lake City, UT 200 0.28 7.54 $11.41 $23,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 170 0.04 1.00 $14.21 $29,550
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 70 0.03 0.71 $15.23 $31,680
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 1.17 $13.01 $27,050
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 40 0.03 0.89 $13.85 $28,820
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 30 0.01 0.32 $10.76 $22,370




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 0.28 7.54 $11.41 $23,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,130 0.18 4.99 $14.08 $29,290
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 660 0.07 1.88 $14.32 $29,780
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 1.17 $13.01 $27,050
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 170 0.04 1.00 $14.21 $29,550
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 70 0.03 0.71 $15.23 $31,680
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 40 0.03 0.89 $13.85 $28,820
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 30 0.01 0.32 $10.76 $22,370




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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $19.03 $39,580
Birmingham-Hoover, AL (8) (8) (8) $15.94 $33,150
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $15.86 $32,990
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 70 0.03 0.71 $15.23 $31,680
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 660 0.07 1.88 $14.32 $29,780
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 170 0.04 1.00 $14.21 $29,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,130 0.18 4.99 $14.08 $29,290
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $13.98 $29,070
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 40 0.03 0.89 $13.85 $28,820
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 1.17 $13.01 $27,050


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019