Sewing machine operators

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Total Workforce

166k

Average Age

46.3

Estimated Job Growth

-16.7%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$23,844

Average Male Salary

$28,205

Average Female Salary

$22,338

About

Sewing machine operators are most often employed by the Cut & sew apparel manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Sewing machine operators was $23,844 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Sewing machine operators by wage are Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, Bakers, and Food cooking machine operators & tenders.

Sewing machine operators are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Sewing machine operators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Cut & sew apparel manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Sewing machine operators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Sewing machine operators, by average wage, is Apparel, piece goods, & notions merchant wholesalers. Sewing machine operators are paid most in Rowan County PUMA, NC but are relatively concentrated in LA City (East Central/Silver Lake, Echo Park & Westlake) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$23,844

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,236

In 2017, Sewing machine operators earned an average of $23,844, $28,220 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists make somewhat more than Sewing machine operators while Food cooking machine operators & tenders make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Sewing machine operators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.303

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Sewing machine operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.303, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Sewing machine operators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Sewing machine operators.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Sewing machine operators.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Sewing machine operators, by number of employees, are Cut & sew apparel manufacturing, Textile product mills, except carpets & rugs , and Fabric mills, except knitting mills.

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Industries by Share

166k

2017 Workforce

± 9,985

-2.88%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 8.72%

The number of people employed as Sewing machine operators has been declining at a rate of -2.88%, from 170,512 people in 2016 to 165,593 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Sewing machine operators employed by various industries. Cut & sew apparel manufacturing employs the largest share of Sewing machine operators at  37.4%, followed by Textile product mills, except carpets & rugs  with 13% and Fabric mills, except knitting mills with 7.23%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Sewing machine operators in the US. The average age of male Sewing machine operators in the workforce is 40.4 and of female Sewing machine operators is 48.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Sewing machine operators is White.

Gender Composition

42.5k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,062

123k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 8,610

74.3% of Sewing machine operators are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Sewing machine operators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Sewing machine operators

  1. White

  2. Other

  3. Asian

57.9% of Sewing machine operators are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.8% of Sewing machine operators, Other is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Sewing machine operators.

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Age by Gender

40.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.57

48.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.935

The median age of Sewing machine operators is 46.3, and Male employees are generally 8 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Sewing machine operators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Sewing machine operators is Business but a relatively high number of Sewing machine operators hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Sewing machine operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sewing machine operators need many skills, but most especially Monitoring, Quality Control Analysis, and Operation and Control. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Sewing machine operators need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Quality Control Analysis, and Equipment Maintenance.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Sewing machine operators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Sewing machine operators are expected to see a growth of -16.7% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-16.7%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Sewing machine operators. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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