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Sewing Machine Operator Salary

Average Sewing Machine Operators in the United States make around $11.55 per hour. Female Sewing Machine Operators make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. While some workers in this profession — approximately half — do not have any health coverage, one-half do receive medical benefits and one in three have dental insurance. For the most part, Sewing Machine Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$7.88 - $15.86
MEDIAN: $11.00

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Hourly Rate
$7.88 - $15.86  
$11.87 - $24.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $1,515  
Total Pay (?
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$16,560 - $37,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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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.


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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $23K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $25K on average. Sewing Machine Operators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $26K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $30K.

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Job Satisfaction

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


76 %
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 51%