Sewing Machine Operator Salary

Sewing Machine Operators in the United States pull down an average of $11.59 per hour. Some workers in this field — just under one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Sewing Machine Operators making up 76 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Sewing Machine Operators. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$7.88 - $16.26
(Median)
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$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.88 - $16.26  
   
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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$16,560 - $37,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $22K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $24K. Sewing Machine Operators bring in $26K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Sewing Machine Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $30K.

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Experience Affects Sewing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

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