Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
142,860 1.8 % $11.10 $23,080 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.13 $8.78 $10.15 $12.75 $15.88
Annual Wage (2) $16,900 $18,250 $21,120 $26,520 $33,030


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 52,050 41.86 $10.29 $21,400
Other Textile Product Mills 19,670 30.69 $11.18 $23,260
Textile Furnishings Mills 9,580 17.32 $11.74 $24,410
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 6,980 3.17 $13.56 $28,200
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing 5,110 1.67 $10.83 $22,530

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 52,050 41.86 $10.29 $21,400
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 4,110 36.92 $10.44 $21,710
Other Textile Product Mills 19,670 30.69 $11.18 $23,260
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 3,060 26.76 $10.25 $21,320
Apparel Knitting Mills 3,350 19.94 $10.59 $22,040

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) 130 0.01 $17.98 $37,410
Department Stores 40 (7) $16.16 $33,620
Local Government (OES Designation) 70 (7) $15.51 $32,270
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers (8) (8) $15.13 $31,470
Traveler Accommodation 110 0.01 $14.48 $30,110


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 31,870 2.27 2.04 $10.21 $21,240
New York 12,130 1.44 1.29 $12.53 $26,060
North Carolina 9,650 2.53 2.27 $11.34 $23,580
Texas 7,400 0.72 0.64 $9.89 $20,570
Pennsylvania 5,630 1.01 0.91 $11.66 $24,260




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 3,430 3.19 2.87 $11.94 $24,840
North Carolina 9,650 2.53 2.27 $11.34 $23,580
California 31,870 2.27 2.04 $10.21 $21,240
Alabama 3,680 2.03 1.83 $9.89 $20,580
Kentucky 3,410 1.97 1.77 $10.58 $22,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $16.12 $33,530
Connecticut 620 0.39 0.35 $14.05 $29,230
Nevada 530 0.47 0.43 $13.93 $28,980
Rhode Island 290 0.65 0.58 $13.38 $27,830
North Dakota 240 0.65 0.58 $13.27 $27,600





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 22,240 5.82 5.22 $9.95 $20,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,620 2.10 1.88 $12.24 $25,450
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,710 2.68 2.40 $9.92 $20,630
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,020 0.84 0.76 $12.72 $26,450
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,310 6.75 6.06 $11.48 $23,880
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,960 14.11 12.67 $14.69 $30,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,930 0.87 0.78 $11.50 $23,920
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,850 1.46 1.31 $10.18 $21,180
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 1,700 8.60 7.72 $9.18 $19,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.82 0.73 $10.51 $21,860




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)
New Bedford, MA 980 15.71 14.11 $9.19 $19,120
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,960 14.11 12.67 $14.69 $30,560
Dalton, GA 830 13.02 11.69 $11.98 $24,910
Cleveland, TN 330 9.09 8.16 $10.27 $21,350
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 1,700 8.60 7.72 $9.18 $19,080
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,310 6.75 6.06 $11.48 $23,880
Burlington, NC 330 5.93 5.33 $10.14 $21,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 22,240 5.82 5.22 $9.95 $20,700
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 210 3.57 3.20 (8) (8)
Fort Wayne, IN 670 3.39 3.04 $10.92 $22,720