Information About Sewing Machine Operators

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Training

Sewing machine operators need moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Sewing machine operators
Training for Sewing Machine Operators
Percent
Less than High School 43.2
High School 38.4
Some College 10.5
Associates Degree 2.7
Bachelors Degree 4.5
Masters Degree 0.6
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.2

Employment

Represents about 212,000 people in the United States- 13.1% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are down Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 71,000 less sewing machine operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 11,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, sewing machine operators make $11.10 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Sewing machine operators $8.13 $8.78 $10.10 $12.70 $15.80
Production occupations $8.95 $10.90 $14.70 $20.00 $26.80
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, sewing machine operators make $23,080 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Sewing machine operators $16,900 $18,250 $21,120 $26,520 $33,030
Production occupations $18,620 $22,860 $30,670 $41,740 $55,910
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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