Sewing Machine Operator Salary

Sewing Machine Operators in the United States can expect wages of $11.65 per hour on average. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over one-half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Most Sewing Machine Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Sewing Machine Operators make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$7.87 - $16.28
(Median)
$7
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.87 - $16.28  
   
Overtime
$11.97 - $24.50  
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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$16,541 - $37,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $24K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $22K. Sewing Machine Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $26K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $30K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Sewing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

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
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 45%
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