How Much Do Sewing Machine Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Sewing Machine Operators

Sewing Machine Operators operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$29420 per year
Hourly wage
$14 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$20,270 to $24,190 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $12 per hour

Entry-level Sewing Machine Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $20,270 to $24,190 per year or $10 to $12 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Sewing Machine Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $19 $39,790
Senior (Top 25%) $16 $33,080
Middle (Mid 50%) $14 $28,230
Junior (Bottom 25%) $12 $24,190
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $20,270

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $18 $36,880
MA $17 $34,920
RI $17 $34,660
CT $17 $34,330
MN $16 $34,260
CO $16 $33,700
NH $16 $33,670
NY $16 $33,430
ME $16 $33,270
ND $16 $32,890

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Sewing Machine Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Sewing Machine Operators are in the states of WA, MA, RI, CT and MN.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Local Government $47560 $22.86
Federal Executive Branch $44060 $21.19
State Government $43620 $20.97
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $39040 $18.77
Traveler Accommodation $35920 $17.27
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $35510 $17.07
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $34830 $16.75
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $33690 $16.20
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $33560 $16.13
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing $33500 $16.11
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $33460 $16.09
Performing Arts Companies $33100 $15.91
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $32940 $15.84
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers $32830 $15.78
Building Finishing Contractors $32560 $15.66
Chemical Manufacturing $32260 $15.51
Ship and Boat Building $32250 $15.50
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $32150 $15.46
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $32030 $15.40
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing $31480 $15.14
Fabric Mills $31400 $15.10
Warehousing and Storage $31220 $15.01
Business Support Services $31180 $14.99
Management of Companies and Enterprises $31140 $14.97
Other Support Services $31080 $14.94
Furniture Stores $31060 $14.93
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance $30930 $14.87
Machinery Manufacturing $30520 $14.67
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing $30320 $14.58
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $30130 $14.49

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