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Sewing Machine Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of sewing machine operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of sewing machine operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The sewing machine operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Sewing Machine Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,500
25th Percentile Wage
$20,800
50th Percentile Wage
$23,670
75th Percentile Wage
$29,730
90th Percentile Wage
$37,000

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for sewing machine operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) sewing machine operators is $37,000. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,500. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 100% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of sewing machine operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201623,6704.73%10.14%
201522,5502.79%-
201421,9201.96%-
201321,4901.02%-
201221,270--

Table 2. Sewing Machine Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of sewing machine operators in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for sewing machine operators occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $38,150. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $20,200).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,150
Accommodation and Food Services
$28,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,710
Retail Trade
$27,400
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$27,010
Transportation and Warehousing
$25,880
Wholesale Trade
$25,720
Construction
$25,530
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$24,930
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,690
Manufacturing
$23,450
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$21,210
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$21,070
Health Care and Social Assistance
$20,860
Educational Services
$20,200

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Sewing Machine Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only sewing machine operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of sewing machine operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,610 to $39,330. The highest paying state for sewing machine operators is Alaska with a median annual salary of $39,330. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,610. For more salary information of sewing machine operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$39,330
Massachusetts
$29,240
Washington
$29,000
Iowa
$28,680
Connecticut
$28,470
New Hampshire
$28,130
North Dakota
$28,010
Mississippi
$27,760
Nevada
$27,600
Wyoming
$27,070
Minnesota
$27,040
Wisconsin
$26,760
Nebraska
$26,660
Maine
$26,410
Indiana
$26,330
Rhode Island
$26,280
Illinois
$26,240
Kansas
$25,910
Ohio
$25,650
Vermont
$25,560
Georgia
$25,440
Montana
$25,050
Oregon
$25,020
Arizona
$24,780
Louisiana
$24,750
Michigan
$24,190
Utah
$24,160
North Carolina
$24,140
West Virginia
$23,880
Colorado
$23,770
Pennsylvania
$23,620
Virginia
$23,180
New Mexico
$23,090
Kentucky
$23,020
New Jersey
$22,920
South Dakota
$22,830
Florida
$22,770
Arkansas
$22,720
Hawaii
$22,520
California
$22,490
Texas
$22,390
Oklahoma
$22,380
Alabama
$22,220
Maryland
$22,110
Idaho
$21,940
New York
$21,880
Tennessee
$21,750
South Carolina
$21,130
Missouri
$20,390
Puerto Rico
$17,610



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