Sewing Machine Operator Salary

The average Sewing Machine Operator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.55 per hour. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Sewing Machine Operators making up 76 percent. A little less than one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, about one-half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$7.89 - $16.24

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.89 - $16.24  
   
Overtime
$12.06 - $24.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,515  
   
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 - $37,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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.


Sewing Machine Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $22K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $25K. Sewing Machine Operators bring in $27K after working for 10 to 20 years. Sewing Machine Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $31K.

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Experience Affects Sewing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 47%
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