How much does a Sewing Machine Operator make in the United States? The average Sewing Machine Operator salary in the United States is $36,756 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $32,244 and $42,724. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Sewing Machine Operator Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Sewing Machine Operator Salary $28,136 US March 26, 2024
25th Percentile Sewing Machine Operator Salary $32,244 US March 26, 2024
50th Percentile Sewing Machine Operator Salary $36,756 US March 26, 2024
75th Percentile Sewing Machine Operator Salary $42,724 US March 26, 2024
90th Percentile Sewing Machine Operator Salary $48,157 US March 26, 2024
25% $32,244 10% $28,136 90% $48,157 75% $42,724 $36,756 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Sewing Machine Operator need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Planning: An act or process of making or carrying out plans. Establishment of goals, policies, and procedures for a social or economic unit city planning business planning.


Preventative Maintenance: Developing and implementing maintenance strategies to increase equipment life expectancy and avoid unplanned downtime.


Six Sigma: Ability to apply six sigma methods and techniques to make business processes more efficient and effective.

Planning 12.31%
Preventative Maintenance 2.33%
Six Sigma 1.66%
Others 83.7%

Job Description for Sewing Machine Operator

Sewing Machine Operator operates various sewing machines to join parts of fabricated articles or garments. May require a high school diploma or its equivalent and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Being a Sewing Machine Operator is familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Additionally, Sewing Machine Operator performs a variety of tasks. Works under general supervision; typically reports to a supervisor or manager. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Sewing Machine Operator salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Sewing Machine Operator, the highest Sewing Machine Operator salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Sewing Machine Operator salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Sewing Machine Operator salary is in Miami, FL, where the Sewing Machine Operator salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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