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Sewing Machine Operator Salary

Sewing Machine Operators in the United States pull down an average of $11.63 per hour. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than half — do not have any health coverage, just over a half do receive medical benefits and close to a third have dental insurance. For the most part, Sewing Machine Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Sewing Machine Operators make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$7.78 - $16.45
(Median)
$7
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.78 - $16.45  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $24.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,515  
   
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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$16,355 - $37,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sewing Machine Operators make a median salary of $27K. 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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Experience Affects Sewing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

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 19 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 46%
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