Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
5,770 8.8 % $12.11 $25,200 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.31 $9.11 $11.13 $13.81 $17.57
Annual Wage (2) $17,280 $18,950 $23,140 $28,720 $36,550


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 990 0.72 $11.31 $23,530
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 980 0.77 $11.97 $24,890
Other Textile Product Mills 670 1.07 $11.04 $22,960
Clothing Stores 610 0.06 $14.84 $30,880
Textile Furnishings Mills 330 0.55 $12.79 $26,610

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 150 1.15 $12.51 $26,020
Other Textile Product Mills 670 1.07 $11.04 $22,960
Footwear Manufacturing 110 0.82 $11.67 $24,280
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 980 0.77 $11.97 $24,890
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 990 0.72 $11.31 $23,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Clothing Stores 610 0.06 $14.84 $30,880
Traveler Accommodation 60 (7) $13.59 $28,280
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $13.26 $27,590
Textile Furnishings Mills 330 0.55 $12.79 $26,610
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 150 1.15 $12.51 $26,020


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 1,480 0.11 2.34 $11.23 $23,350
New York 710 0.09 1.87 $14.32 $29,790
Massachusetts 370 0.12 2.58 $13.56 $28,210
Illinois 270 0.05 1.08 $12.15 $25,270
North Carolina 250 0.07 1.45 $9.99 $20,790




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)
Maine 100 0.18 3.86 $12.65 $26,310
Massachusetts 370 0.12 2.58 $13.56 $28,210
California 1,480 0.11 2.34 $11.23 $23,350
New York 710 0.09 1.87 $14.32 $29,790
Missouri 180 0.07 1.57 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas (8) (8) (8) $14.46 $30,070
New York 710 0.09 1.87 $14.32 $29,790
Massachusetts 370 0.12 2.58 $13.56 $28,210
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $12.91 $26,850
Maine 100 0.18 3.86 $12.65 $26,310

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 1,080 0.28 6.26 $10.89 $22,650
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 0.13 2.78 $14.27 $29,680
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 200 0.12 2.65 $14.40 $29,960
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 1.12 $12.17 $25,320
Kansas City, MO-KS 110 0.11 2.47 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 110 0.08 1.85 $13.17 $27,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.05 1.06 $10.15 $21,120
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 80 0.16 3.42 $11.54 $24,010
Greensboro-High Point, NC 40 0.12 2.69 $11.06 $23,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.03 0.73 $11.42 $23,750




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.28 6.26 $10.89 $22,650
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 80 0.16 3.42 $11.54 $24,010
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 0.13 2.78 $14.27 $29,680
Greensboro-High Point, NC 40 0.12 2.69 $11.06 $23,000
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 200 0.12 2.65 $14.40 $29,960
Kansas City, MO-KS 110 0.11 2.47 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 110 0.08 1.85 $13.17 $27,390
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 1.12 $12.17 $25,320
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.05 1.06 $10.15 $21,120
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.03 0.73 $11.42 $23,750




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-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 200 0.12 2.65 $14.40 $29,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 0.13 2.78 $14.27 $29,680
St. Louis, MO-IL 110 0.08 1.85 $13.17 $27,390
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $13.07 $27,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $12.36 $25,700
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 180 0.05 1.12 $12.17 $25,320
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $11.81 $24,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 40 0.02 0.38 $11.63 $24,190
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 80 0.16 3.42 $11.54 $24,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $11.48 $23,880

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 8.20 $11.88 $24,700

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 8.20 $11.88 $24,700

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 Maine nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 8.20 $11.88 $24,700


About May 2010 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 mean 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011