Salary for Sewing Machine Operators

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Also known as:  Blind Stitch Machine Operator, Button Sewing Machine Operator, Carpet Sewing Machine Operator, Custom T-Shirt Embroidery Machine Operator, Embroidery Machine Operator, Hemming and Tacking Machine Operator, Ultrasonic Seaming Machine Operator helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Sewing machine operators set up, tend, operate and inspect sewing machines. The purpose of their job is to decorate, join, reinforce, or otherwise alter clothing or other garments. Completion of high school or its equivalency is sometimes necessary to be considered for this position, but not always. An employer might require up to one month of on-site job training after being hired for this job.

A Sewing Machine Operator will usually earn a compensation of around $20,270 to $39,790 depending on tenure and industry expertise. will normally receive an average salary of twenty-nine thousand four hundred and twenty dollars per year.

are paid at the highest average level in Washington, where they can earn compensation, on average, of just about $36,880. People working these jobs make the most money in Public Administration, where they receive average pay levels of $44,530.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 52.83 percent nationwide in that time.


Sewing Machine Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Accommodation and Food Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Retail Trade