Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
6,540 12.0 % $12.32 $25,630 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.02 $10.00 $11.79 $13.94 $16.57
Annual Wage (2) $18,760 $20,800 $24,520 $29,000 $34,460


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)
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 620 0.42 $12.22 $25,420
Other Textile Product Mills 460 0.71 $11.57 $24,050
Clothing Stores 440 0.04 $12.81 $26,640
Textile Furnishings Mills 230 0.44 $14.43 $30,020
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 220 0.07 $12.18 $25,340

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 140 1.15 $11.87 $24,700
Other Textile Product Mills 460 0.71 $11.57 $24,050
Textile Furnishings Mills 230 0.44 $14.43 $30,020
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 620 0.42 $12.22 $25,420
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 210 0.28 $11.61 $24,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $18.24 $37,940
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 80 0.03 $15.17 $31,550
Consumer Goods Rental 50 0.03 $14.51 $30,170
Textile Furnishings Mills 230 0.44 $14.43 $30,020
Performing Arts Companies 90 0.07 $14.36 $29,880


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 1,820 0.11 2.45 $12.49 $25,970
New York 990 0.11 2.34 $12.33 $25,640
Texas 880 0.07 1.61 $12.04 $25,050
New Jersey 260 0.07 1.41 $14.99 $31,170
Massachusetts 200 0.06 1.23 $14.87 $30,930




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)
New York 990 0.11 2.34 $12.33 $25,640
California 1,820 0.11 2.45 $12.49 $25,970
Texas 880 0.07 1.61 $12.04 $25,050
New Jersey 260 0.07 1.41 $14.99 $31,170
Massachusetts 200 0.06 1.23 $14.87 $30,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 50 0.01 0.30 $15.44 $32,120
New Jersey 260 0.07 1.41 $14.99 $31,170
Massachusetts 200 0.06 1.23 $14.87 $30,930
Pennsylvania 80 0.01 0.30 $13.80 $28,710
Washington 30 0.01 0.22 $13.54 $28,160





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 1,410 0.33 7.16 $12.44 $25,880
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 530 0.08 1.72 $13.63 $28,350
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 230 0.08 1.72 $11.78 $24,510
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 120 0.06 1.39 $14.87 $30,920
Kansas City, MO-KS 70 0.07 1.53 $12.87 $26,770
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 1.06 $13.87 $28,840
Terre Haute, IN 50 0.68 14.60 $12.68 $26,380
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 40 0.07 1.53 $14.18 $29,490
Knoxville, TN 40 0.10 2.13 $13.12 $27,290
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 30 0.23 5.04 $13.74 $28,570




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)
Terre Haute, IN 50 0.68 14.60 $12.68 $26,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.33 7.16 $12.44 $25,880
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 30 0.23 5.04 $13.74 $28,570
Knoxville, TN 40 0.10 2.13 $13.12 $27,290
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 530 0.08 1.72 $13.63 $28,350
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 230 0.08 1.72 $11.78 $24,510
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 40 0.07 1.53 $14.18 $29,490
Kansas City, MO-KS 70 0.07 1.53 $12.87 $26,770
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 120 0.06 1.39 $14.87 $30,920
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 1.06 $13.87 $28,840




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 120 0.06 1.39 $14.87 $30,920
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 40 0.07 1.53 $14.18 $29,490
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 70 0.05 1.06 $13.87 $28,840
Salt Lake City, UT (8) (8) (8) $13.84 $28,790
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 30 0.23 5.04 $13.74 $28,570
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 530 0.08 1.72 $13.63 $28,350
Austin-Round Rock, TX (8) (8) (8) $13.24 $27,530
Knoxville, TN 40 0.10 2.13 $13.12 $27,290
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $12.96 $26,960
Kansas City, MO-KS 70 0.07 1.53 $12.87 $26,770


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017