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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 5455 1.93 36
United States 153,900128,200 -16.78,000 6,80012,230

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 12.629.0310.20 11.6914.4217.83

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
548 14.848.0 44.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation21
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation1
UI claimants previously working in occupation8
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 60
Number of job position postings 8
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 7.5

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