Salary for Sewing Machine Operators

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

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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 most likely earn an average salary in a range of 16000 - 24000 based on levels of tenure. Sewing Machine Operators can expect a salary of Twenty Two Thousand Seven Hundred dollars per year.

Sewing Machine Operators are paid at the highest level in Alaska, where they get compensation, on average, of near $30810. These professionals have the most lucrative average salary level in Construction, where they can get normal pay levels of $34090.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.58 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Sewing Machine Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $34,090
Construction $28,170
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $27,000
Accommodation and Food Services $26,840
Educational Services $25,850
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $25,820
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance $17,830
Transportation and Warehousing $21,930
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $21,950
Manufacturing $22,460
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $23,420
Other Services (except Public Administration) $23,910
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