Sewing Machine Operator Salary

An average Sewing Machine Operator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.18 per hour. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Although slightly more than half have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, more than two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Most Sewing Machine Operators survey respondents are women (78 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$18,500 - $39,500
$30K
MEDIAN: $30,000
50%

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$8.43 - $14.76
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$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$30,000  
   
Bonus
$100.00  
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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$18,420 - $34,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.43 - $14.76  
   
Overtime
$11.24 - $21.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$100.00  
   
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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$18,420 - $34,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 145

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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

  • 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

Pay by Experience for a Sewing Machine Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Sewing Machine Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 78 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sewing Machine Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 38 salaries. An experienced Sewing Machine Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 44 salaries. A Sewing Machine Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 23 salaries.

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Key Stats for Sewing Machine Operator

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Sewing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 44%