Sewing Machine Operator Salary

Median pay for Sewing Machine Operators in the United States is around $11.48 per hour. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Sewing Machine Operators making up 75 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Sewing Machine Operators. Some workers in this field — roughly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately two in five. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$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 (?
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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 (?
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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.


Sewing Machine Operators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Sewing Machine Operators in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $23K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $24K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sewing Machine Operators make a median salary of $26K. As Sewing Machine Operators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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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