Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
5,500 8.7 % $12.21 $25,390 4.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.35 $9.28 $10.97 $13.59 $16.86
Annual Wage (2) $17,380 $19,300 $22,820 $28,270 $35,070


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 1,140 0.92 $10.96 $22,790
Other Textile Product Mills 460 0.70 $10.96 $22,800
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 460 0.32 $12.65 $26,320
Textile Furnishings Mills 410 0.77 $12.57 $26,140
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 380 0.13 $12.11 $25,180

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 110 0.92 $10.82 $22,510
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 1,140 0.92 $10.96 $22,790
Footwear Manufacturing 110 0.81 $11.98 $24,920
Apparel Knitting Mills 100 0.78 $10.83 $22,530
Textile Furnishings Mills 410 0.77 $12.57 $26,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing (8) (8) $14.10 $29,320
Traveler Accommodation 40 (7) $13.35 $27,770
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 50 0.02 $13.14 $27,330
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 460 0.32 $12.65 $26,320
Textile Furnishings Mills 410 0.77 $12.57 $26,140


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 1,180 0.08 1.95 $12.26 $25,500
New York 880 0.10 2.44 $11.57 $24,060
North Carolina 310 0.08 1.87 $10.38 $21,580
Massachusetts 200 0.06 1.47 $11.54 $24,010
Georgia 180 0.05 1.09 $11.55 $24,030




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 880 0.10 2.44 $11.57 $24,060
Maine 60 0.10 2.42 $12.60 $26,200
North Carolina 310 0.08 1.87 $10.38 $21,580
California 1,180 0.08 1.95 $12.26 $25,500
Massachusetts 200 0.06 1.47 $11.54 $24,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 40 0.01 0.30 $16.85 $35,060
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $15.16 $31,530
Florida 140 0.02 0.44 $13.39 $27,860
Wisconsin 40 0.02 0.38 $13.28 $27,620
Maine 60 0.10 2.42 $12.60 $26,200





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 0.13 3.09 $11.51 $23,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.14 3.34 $13.02 $27,080
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 2.82 $12.49 $25,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 130 0.08 1.81 $11.44 $23,790
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 1.27 $11.34 $23,580
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 1.64 $12.55 $26,100
Rochester, NY 70 0.13 3.18 $10.21 $21,240
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.87 $13.04 $27,130
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 30 0.06 1.43 $10.92 $22,710




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 550 0.14 3.34 $13.02 $27,080
Rochester, NY 70 0.13 3.18 $10.21 $21,240
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 0.13 3.09 $11.51 $23,950
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 2.82 $12.49 $25,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 130 0.08 1.81 $11.44 $23,790
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 1.64 $12.55 $26,100
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 30 0.06 1.43 $10.92 $22,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 1.27 $11.34 $23,580
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.87 $13.04 $27,130




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)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $15.45 $32,140
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.87 $13.04 $27,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.14 3.34 $13.02 $27,080
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 1.64 $12.55 $26,100
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 2.82 $12.49 $25,990
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $12.23 $25,450
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (8) (8) (8) $12.06 $25,080
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $11.66 $24,250
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 0.13 3.09 $11.51 $23,950
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 130 0.08 1.81 $11.44 $23,790

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)
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 6.17 $10.81 $22,480
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 5.70 $8.05 $16,740

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)
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 6.17 $10.81 $22,480
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 5.70 $8.05 $16,740

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)
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 6.17 $10.81 $22,480
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 5.70 $8.05 $16,740


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