Sewing Machine Operator Salary
Sewing Machine Operators in the United States pull down an average of $11.08 per hour. Most Sewing Machine Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. 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 more than half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Most Sewing Machine Operators survey respondents are women (76 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
A beginner sewing machine operator generally works on clothing, using a single needle machine. More expert operators may use double needled machines and create more complicated textures, patterns, clothing, and textiles. Typically the hours per week range between 32 to 40 hours. However, sewing machine operators who work in clothing and apparel may work fewer hours, due to the amount of people the industry employs. A sewing machine operator typically works normal shifts during the day.
Generally, the duties of a sewing machine operator include setting up their own machine, as well as any related equipment like peripherals and tools. The tools typically available to sewing machine operators are fasteners, knives, scissors, templates, measuring devices, and stiffeners. They are also responsible for monitoring their machine and inspecting the clothing after it has been made. Typically, sewing machine operators work in a large room with other sewing machine operators at large tables or individual desks, with supervisors in the room in case anything happens. They do not have any interaction with clients. The entire job is fairly physical with small amounts of mental work involved, such as remembering patterns of cloth and how to put together clothing.
Sewing Machine Operator Tasks
- Operate sewing machine in order to design, customize, join, and hem fabrics.
- Inspect fabrics for wear or damage and repair if possible.
- Design and follow pattern measurements.
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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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $24K. Sewing Machine Operators bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $26K.
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