Sewing Machine Operator Salary
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.
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.
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.