Occupational Employment Statistics


51-6031 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.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 16016$15.67/hr$12.53/hr$13.36/hr$14.74/hr$17.69/hr$19.86/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities360$16.20/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services70$14.44/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality20$14.24/hr
Other Services70$17.00/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$17.82/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$14.44/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$16.78/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$14.92/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 100$13.75/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 110$17.86/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 110$13.89/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 110$16.69/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 120$15.02/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 140$14.94/hr-16.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 150$14.28/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 150$14.58/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 160$14.74/hr4.1%
Southeast Minnesota 160$17.09/hr15.9%
Central Minnesota 230$14.28/hr-0.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,100$15.70/hr-7.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,150$15.58/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,900$15.54/hr-2.0%

  • Record quantities of materials processed.
  • Guide garments or garment parts under machine needles and presser feet to sew parts together.
  • Remove holding devices and finished items from machines.
  • Cut excess material or thread from finished products.
  • Repair or alter items by adding replacement parts or missing stitches.
  • Turn knobs, screws, and dials to adjust settings of machines, according to garment styles and equipment performance.
  • Perform equipment maintenance tasks such as replacing needles, sanding rough areas of needles, or cleaning and oiling sewing machines.
  • Place spools of thread, cord, or other materials on spindles, insert bobbins, and thread ends through machine guides and components.
  • Position items under needles, using marks on machines, clamps, templates, or cloth as guides.
  • Monitor machine operation to detect problems such as defective stitching, breaks in thread, or machine malfunctions.