Median pay for Sewing Machine Operators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.00 per hour. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by one-half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Female Sewing Machine Operators make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$18,670 - $30,521
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$24K
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MEDIAN: $24,000
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$8.34 - $14.88
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$24,000  
   
Bonus
$150.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,422 - $34,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.34 - $14.88  
   
Overtime
$11.17 - $22.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$150.00  
   
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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$18,422 - $34,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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.


For many Sewing Machine Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $22K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $23K. On average, Sewing Machine Operators make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $27K.

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Experience Affects Sewing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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