Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-6021 Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

Press or shape articles by hand or machine.


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)
52,850 2.6 % $9.97 $20,730 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.93 $8.56 $9.46 $11.14 $13.27
Annual Wage (2) $16,500 $17,800 $19,670 $23,180 $27,590


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 43,600 14.57 $9.89 $20,580
Employment Services 3,890 0.12 $9.61 $19,980
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,590 1.28 $9.85 $20,490
Apparel Knitting Mills 720 5.45 $10.30 $21,410
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 590 1.76 $11.00 $22,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 43,600 14.57 $9.89 $20,580
Apparel Knitting Mills 720 5.45 $10.30 $21,410
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 330 2.81 $10.99 $22,860
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 590 1.76 $11.00 $22,880
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,590 1.28 $9.85 $20,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Department Stores 60 (7) $16.37 $34,040
Printing and Related Support Activities 270 0.06 $15.11 $31,420
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 60 (7) $13.41 $27,880
Fabric Mills 290 0.52 $12.69 $26,400
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 30 1.03 $12.66 $26,330


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 7,860 0.55 1.36 $10.66 $22,170
Texas 5,860 0.55 1.37 $8.89 $18,480
Florida 3,420 0.47 1.16 $9.85 $20,480
New York 2,760 0.32 0.80 $9.61 $19,990
North Carolina 2,240 0.58 1.42 $9.67 $20,120




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)
Alabama 1,520 0.83 2.06 $9.95 $20,700
Nevada 860 0.77 1.89 $9.50 $19,760
Mississippi 730 0.68 1.67 $8.70 $18,100
Arkansas 700 0.61 1.49 $9.46 $19,690
Rhode Island 270 0.60 1.48 $11.64 $24,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,030 0.37 0.92 $13.90 $28,900
Massachusetts 600 0.19 0.46 $11.99 $24,940
New Hampshire 170 0.27 0.67 $11.77 $24,490
Rhode Island 270 0.60 1.48 $11.64 $24,220
Colorado 780 0.35 0.87 $11.50 $23,930





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 2,300 0.59 1.47 $10.38 $21,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,730 0.34 0.83 $9.15 $19,040
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,480 0.56 1.38 $9.26 $19,250
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.38 0.92 $9.77 $20,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.59 1.45 $8.82 $18,340
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,200 0.69 1.70 $11.40 $23,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,150 0.51 1.25 $9.64 $20,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 940 0.40 0.99 $9.40 $19,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 880 0.88 2.16 $11.28 $23,470
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 770 0.94 2.33 $9.43 $19,620




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)
Tyler, TX 250 2.68 6.60 $8.63 $17,960
Valdosta, GA 110 2.21 5.44 $8.14 $16,920
Burlington, NC 100 1.72 4.24 $8.66 $18,010
Waterbury, CT 100 1.56 3.84 $10.50 $21,840
Anderson, SC 90 1.55 3.83 $11.04 $22,960
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 90 1.48 3.64 $9.33 $19,400
Casper, WY 60 1.36 3.35 $9.87 $20,530
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 160 1.25 3.09 $10.03 $20,870
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 1.25 3.07 $13.45 $27,970
Salinas, CA 200 1.25 3.09 $10.82 $22,510




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)
Appleton, WI 30 0.28 0.69 $16.23 $33,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 730 0.52 1.28 $14.92 $31,030
Lancaster, PA 50 0.23 0.58 $13.45 $27,980
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 1.25 3.07 $13.45 $27,970
Danbury, CT 30 0.52 1.28 $12.80 $26,610
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 280 0.16 0.40 $12.74 $26,490
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 130 0.38 0.93 $12.70 $26,410
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.20 0.50 $12.51 $26,030
Madison, WI 110 0.33 0.81 $12.31 $25,610
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 110 0.42 1.04 $12.29 $25,550

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)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 380 2.79 6.87 $10.00 $20,800
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 0.89 2.18 $11.07 $23,030
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 0.70 1.74 $9.13 $19,000
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 0.95 2.35 $8.28 $17,230
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.23 3.04 $9.64 $20,060

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)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 380 2.79 6.87 $10.00 $20,800
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.23 3.04 $9.64 $20,060
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 130 1.03 2.54 $8.95 $18,620
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 0.95 2.35 $8.28 $17,230
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 0.93 2.29 $8.78 $18,260

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)
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 1.24 $11.97 $24,910
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $11.08 $23,040
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 0.89 2.18 $11.07 $23,030
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 0.62 $10.55 $21,950
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $10.38 $21,580


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013