Sewing Machine Operator Salary

Sewing Machine Operators in the United States take home approximately $11.48 per hour on average. Female Sewing Machine Operators make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, just over a half have medical insurance and around two in five receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Sewing Machine Operators. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,164 - $37,525
(Median)
$12K
$25K
$38K
MEDIAN: $25,288
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50%
90%

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$8.17 - $15.87
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$12,164 - $37,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
Profit Sharing
$2,400  
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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$17,606 - $36,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.17 - $15.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01  
Overtime
$11.77 - $24.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,400  
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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$17,606 - $36,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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 Sewing Machine Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $23K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $24K. Sewing Machine Operators see a median salary of $26K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 22%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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