Sewing Machine Operators

Training Requirements for Sewing Machine Operators

Sewing machine operators need no formal educational credential and short-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Sewing machine operators
Percent
Less than High School 42.1
High School 35.3
Some College 12.5
Associates Degree 4.6
Bachelors Degree 4.8
Masters Degree 0.6
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.1

Employment Outlook for Sewing Machine Operators

This represents about 153,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 41,000 less sewing machine operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 9,000 more.

Typical Income for Sewing Machine Operators

Hourly Income

On average,sewing machine operators make $12.42 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Sewing machine operators $8.90 $10.00 $11.38 $14.29 $17.79
Production occupations $9.96 $11.98 $15.93 $21.81 $28.99
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers $8.71 $9.66 $11.42 $14.46 $18.44
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, sewing machine operators make $25,830 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Sewing machine operators $18,500 $20,800 $23,670 $29,730 $37,000
Production occupations $20,720 $24,920 $33,130 $45,360 $60,300
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers $18,110 $20,090 $23,750 $30,080 $38,350
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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