The 10 States With The Highest Sewing Machine Operator Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do sewing machine operators get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for sewing machine operators by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for sewing machine operators by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for sewing machine operators after this adjustment? That would be Sewing Machine Operators.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Kansas
  3. Washington
  4. Wyoming
  5. Indiana
  6. Michigan
  7. Iowa
  8. Illinois
  9. Arizona
  10. North Carolina

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for sewing machine operators from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $26670, so our index value would be:

$26,670 * (100 / 135.9) = $19,624

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for sewing machine operators.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Sewing Machine Operator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Mississippi $32,491 $27,910 85.9
2 Kansas $31,735 $28,530 89.9
3 Washington $31,673 $33,320 105.2
4 Wyoming $31,492 $28,910 91.8
5 Indiana $31,486 $28,180 89.5
6 Michigan $31,303 $27,860 89.0
7 Iowa $31,120 $28,320 91.0
8 Illinois $30,665 $29,010 94.6
9 Arizona $30,551 $29,940 98.0
10 North Carolina $29,808 $27,990 93.9
11 Wisconsin $29,700 $28,750 96.8
12 Utah $29,569 $27,500 93.0
13 Minnesota $29,375 $29,610 100.8
14 Alaska $29,191 $38,270 131.1
15 Nevada $28,402 $29,340 103.3
16 Delaware $28,136 $28,530 101.4
17 Ohio $27,921 $26,190 93.8
18 Nebraska $27,914 $25,570 91.6
19 Arkansas $27,864 $24,270 87.1
20 Colorado $27,764 $28,820 103.8
21 Idaho $27,535 $25,360 92.1
22 Montana $27,529 $27,750 100.8
23 Florida $27,527 $27,060 98.3
24 Connecticut $27,501 $35,120 127.7
25 Tennessee $27,371 $24,470 89.4
26 West Virginia $27,184 $25,390 93.4
27 North Dakota $27,122 $26,960 99.4
28 New Hampshire $27,094 $31,700 117.0
29 Georgia $27,089 $24,760 91.4
30 Maine $26,994 $29,910 110.8
31 Missouri $26,980 $24,390 90.4
32 Pennsylvania $26,301 $26,670 101.4
33 Texas $26,295 $23,850 90.7
34 Alabama $26,271 $23,960 91.2
35 South Dakota $26,162 $27,130 103.7
36 Kentucky $26,000 $23,530 90.5
37 Oklahoma $25,919 $23,120 89.2
38 Louisiana $25,886 $24,540 94.8
39 Rhode Island $25,575 $30,870 120.7
40 Virginia $25,436 $25,640 100.8
41 South Carolina $24,768 $24,570 99.2
42 Oregon $24,472 $28,290 115.6
43 New Mexico $24,455 $23,600 96.5
44 Massachusetts $23,223 $30,980 133.4
45 New York $22,916 $30,020 131.0
46 Vermont $22,708 $27,500 121.1
47 Maryland $22,239 $27,910 125.5
48 New Jersey $19,991 $24,370 121.9
49 California $19,624 $26,670 135.9
50 Hawaii $16,349 $27,450 167.9
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