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Sewing Machine Operator Salary

Median pay for Sewing Machine Operators in the United States is around $11.21 per hour. Though the majority of Sewing Machine Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Most Sewing Machine Operators survey respondents are women (76 percent). Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by one-half and dental insurance is reported by roughly a third. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$7.91 - $15.66
(Median)
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$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.91 - $15.66  
   
Overtime
$11.87 - $24.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,578 - $36,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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Job Description for Sewing Machine Operator

Sewing machine operators work in the clothing and textile industry. They typically do not need any special education to do this job, and they typically don’t require much secondary education. However, a lot of employers want people with experience operating a sewing machine, and operator training is available at trade schools. Training is also sometimes provided on the job.

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Sewing Machine Operator Tasks

  • Design and follow pattern measurements.
  • Inspect fabrics for wear or damage and repair if possible.
  • Operate sewing machine in order to design, customize, join, and hem fabrics.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sewing Machine Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $23K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $25K. For Sewing Machine Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $25K. Sewing Machine Operators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $30K.

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Experience Affects Sewing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 48%