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.

$13,000 - $30,000
$24K
MEDIAN: $23,583
50%

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$8.41 - $14.75
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$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.08
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$23,583  
   
Bonus
$150.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,304 - $33,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.41 - $14.75  
   
Overtime
$11.24 - $21.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$150.00  
   
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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$18,304 - $33,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 144

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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

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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Key Stats for Sewing Machine Operator

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Sewing Machine Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 52%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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