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 27020$13.19/hr$10.70/hr$11.46/hr$12.68/hr$14.70/hr$15.93/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities210$14.80/hr
Professional and Business Services80$14.33/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality20$13.59/hr
Other Services100$16.02/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$16.81/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/A$13.11/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$16.09/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$15.11/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$15.26/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 50$16.23/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$14.53/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 70$13.83/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 90$11.59/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 90$16.56/hr15.9%
Southwest Minnesota 90$12.94/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 160$15.42/hr-16.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 160$14.57/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 170$13.34/hr-0.9%
Northwest Minnesota 270$12.68/hr4.1%
Northwest Balance of State 500$12.62/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,050$14.59/hr-7.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,100$14.55/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,070$14.06/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.