Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
141,520 1.9 % $11.87 $24,680 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.68 $9.30 $10.84 $13.75 $17.13
Annual Wage (2) $18,060 $19,350 $22,550 $28,590 $35,630


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 48,430 42.92 $11.09 $23,060
Other Textile Product Mills 20,200 31.69 $12.02 $25,000
Textile Furnishings Mills 9,880 18.93 $12.37 $25,740
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 7,510 3.17 $13.62 $28,340
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 4,590 38.45 $11.16 $23,220

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 48,430 42.92 $11.09 $23,060
Apparel Accessories and Other Apparel Manufacturing 4,590 38.45 $11.16 $23,220
Other Textile Product Mills 20,200 31.69 $12.02 $25,000
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 2,650 21.58 $11.48 $23,870
Textile Furnishings Mills 9,880 18.93 $12.37 $25,740

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) 110 0.01 $18.44 $38,350
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $18.39 $38,250
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $17.59 $36,580
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 (7) $16.42 $34,150
Support Activities for Air Transportation 60 0.03 $15.57 $32,380


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 30,580 1.97 1.92 $11.27 $23,450
New York 11,910 1.33 1.29 $12.07 $25,100
North Carolina 9,260 2.25 2.19 $12.04 $25,040
Texas 7,530 0.65 0.63 $10.93 $22,740
Florida 7,480 0.94 0.92 $11.35 $23,610



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 3,600 3.25 3.17 $12.25 $25,470
North Carolina 9,260 2.25 2.19 $12.04 $25,040
California 30,580 1.97 1.92 $11.27 $23,450
Kentucky 3,320 1.80 1.76 $10.72 $22,300
South Carolina 3,360 1.74 1.70 $10.73 $22,310



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.13 0.13 $18.75 $39,010
Connecticut 820 0.50 0.48 $15.10 $31,400
Delaware 80 0.19 0.19 $14.62 $30,410
Nevada 420 0.34 0.33 $14.52 $30,200
Washington 3,850 1.29 1.26 $14.41 $29,980




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 22,720 5.54 5.39 $10.95 $22,780
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,400 1.76 1.71 $11.86 $24,670
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,790 1.82 1.77 $14.34 $29,820
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,670 1.75 1.71 $11.71 $24,360
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,600 2.38 2.32 $10.44 $21,720
Greensboro-High Point, NC 2,180 6.15 5.99 $11.98 $24,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,170 0.87 0.85 $13.11 $27,260
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,160 0.60 0.59 $12.93 $26,880
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 2,160 14.77 14.40 $14.67 $30,520
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,850 0.79 0.77 $10.53 $21,900