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Sewing Machine Operator Salary

For Sewing Machine Operators, hourly average wages total $11.70 per hour. Just under a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, slightly more than half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. Female Sewing Machine Operators make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Job satisfaction for Sewing Machine Operators is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$7.86 - $16.49
MEDIAN: $11.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$7.86 - $16.49  
$11.97 - $24.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
$16,522 - $37,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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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.


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.

For Sewing Machine Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $24K 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 $25K. Sewing Machine Operators bring in $27K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Sewing Machine Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $30K.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.


72 %
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 46%