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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
Southwest Minnesota 10017$17.43/hr$14.13/hr$15.27/hr$15.41/hr$18.75/hr$22.74/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities440$19.04/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services20$15.29/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services50$14.72/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$15.34/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$17.78/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$15.62/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 80$15.04/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 80$15.41/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 100$15.41/hr-13.8%
St Cloud MN MSA 110$15.34/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 160$15.41/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 170$15.41/hr-5.9%
Central Minnesota 180$15.53/hr-9.2%
Northwest Balance of State 190$15.29/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 210$15.29/hr-11.0%
Southeast Balance of State 220$14.95/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 240$14.95/hr-6.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,060$17.06/hr-4.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,130$17.76/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,990$16.23/hr-6.1%

  • 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.
  • Inspect garments, and examine repair tags and markings on garments to locate defects or damage, and mark errors as necessary.
  • 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.