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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 16046$17.16/hr$12.43/hr$14.42/hr$17.09/hr$19.09/hr$22.89/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 Click link for details 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.