Sewing Machine Operators (51-6031)

Occupation description:  Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 5253 1.90 00
United States 153,900112,200 -27.10 940940

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 12.428.9010.00 11.3814.2917.79
Alaska 18.8213.6715.94 18.9122.4824.00

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
699 13.044.4 38.1
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation13
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation1
UI claimants previously working in occupation2
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 55
Number of job position postings 1
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 55.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training