Sewing Machine Operator Salary
Sewing Machine Operators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.23 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but nearly one-half have medical insurance, and nearly one in three have dental, too. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most Sewing Machine Operators survey respondents are women (78 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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.Read More...
A beginner sewing machine operator generally works on clothing, using a single needle machine. More expert operators may use double needled machines and create more complicated textures, patterns, clothing, and textiles. Typically the hours per week range between 32 to 40 hours. However, sewing machine operators who work in clothing and apparel may work fewer hours, due to the amount of people the industry employs. A sewing machine operator typically works normal shifts during the day.
Generally, the duties of a sewing machine operator include setting up their own machine, as well as any related equipment like peripherals and tools. The tools typically available to sewing machine operators are fasteners, knives, scissors, templates, measuring devices, and stiffeners. They are also responsible for monitoring their machine and inspecting the clothing after it has been made. Typically, sewing machine operators work in a large room with other sewing machine operators at large tables or individual desks, with supervisors in the room in case anything happens. They do not have any interaction with clients. The entire job is fairly physical with small amounts of mental work involved, such as remembering patterns of cloth and how to put together clothing. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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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