Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
142,070 2.2 % $11.54 $23,990 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.33 $8.95 $10.54 $13.45 $16.77
Annual Wage (2) $17,330 $18,610 $21,920 $27,970 $34,880


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 52,280 44.22 $10.55 $21,950
Other Textile Product Mills 19,850 31.40 $11.91 $24,770
Textile Furnishings Mills 9,190 17.59 $12.30 $25,580
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 7,230 3.14 $13.68 $28,450
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 4,350 38.03 $10.87 $22,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 52,280 44.22 $10.55 $21,950
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 4,350 38.03 $10.87 $22,610
Other Textile Product Mills 19,850 31.40 $11.91 $24,770
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 2,880 23.66 $10.86 $22,590
Textile Furnishings Mills 9,190 17.59 $12.30 $25,580

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) 120 0.01 $18.13 $37,700
State Government (OES Designation) 60 (7) $17.58 $36,570
Support Activities for Air Transportation 40 0.02 $15.56 $32,370
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 30 0.01 $15.54 $32,320
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40 (7) $14.80 $30,790


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 32,510 2.15 2.05 $10.39 $21,600
New York 12,430 1.41 1.34 $11.72 $24,380
North Carolina 8,650 2.15 2.04 $11.84 $24,620
Texas 8,180 0.73 0.69 $11.08 $23,040
Florida 5,880 0.77 0.73 $11.50 $23,930



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)
Mississippi 3,670 3.36 3.19 $12.10 $25,170
North Carolina 8,650 2.15 2.04 $11.84 $24,620
California 32,510 2.15 2.05 $10.39 $21,600
Kentucky 3,730 2.06 1.96 $10.34 $21,500
South Carolina 2,940 1.57 1.49 $10.97 $22,810



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 60 0.17 0.16 $18.50 $38,480
Connecticut 810 0.49 0.47 $15.42 $32,060
Washington 3,480 1.20 1.14 $14.03 $29,180
New Hampshire 580 0.92 0.88 $13.76 $28,620
Wisconsin 2,370 0.87 0.83 $13.63 $28,350




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 24,670 6.08 5.78 $10.00 $20,800
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,620 1.97 1.87 $11.47 $23,850
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.80 0.76 $11.72 $24,380
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,660 1.79 1.71 $11.01 $22,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,500 1.04 0.99 $11.76 $24,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,460 1.10 1.04 $11.00 $22,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,420 1.62 1.54 $14.18 $29,490
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,170 6.21 5.90 $11.69 $24,310
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,980 13.74 13.07 $14.85 $30,900
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,730 1.65 1.57 $10.41 $21,650



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)
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,980 13.74 13.07 $14.85 $30,900
Dalton, GA 820 12.73 12.11 $14.46 $30,080
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,170 6.21 5.90 $11.69 $24,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 24,670 6.08 5.78 $10.00 $20,800
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 690 5.75 5.47 $12.29 $25,560
Burlington, NC 310 5.37 5.10 $10.60 $22,050
Elizabethtown, KY 180 4.02 3.83 $11.30 $23,500
Fort Wayne, IN 740 3.61 3.43 $11.41 $23,730
Rocky Mount, NC 180 3.28 3.12 $10.60 $22,040
Cleveland, TN 150 3.28 3.12 $13.58 $28,240