These Are The 10 States With The Highest Sewing Machine Operator Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months 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. Iowa
  3. Michigan
  4. Indiana
  5. Kansas
  6. Wyoming
  7. Delaware
  8. Alaska
  9. Nebraska
  10. Arizona

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:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for sewing machine operators from the 2016 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 $24910, so our index value would be:

$24,910 * (100 / 135.9) = $18,329

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 $32,665 $28,060 85.9
2 Iowa $31,351 $28,530 91.0
3 Michigan $31,337 $27,890 89.0
4 Indiana $30,424 $27,230 89.5
5 Kansas $30,177 $27,130 89.9
6 Wyoming $30,130 $27,660 91.8
7 Delaware $30,009 $30,430 101.4
8 Alaska $29,862 $39,150 131.1
9 Nebraska $29,759 $27,260 91.6
10 Arizona $29,346 $28,760 98.0
11 Illinois $29,291 $27,710 94.6
12 Washington $29,182 $30,700 105.2
13 Georgia $28,588 $26,130 91.4
14 Tennessee $28,534 $25,510 89.4
15 Ohio $28,432 $26,670 93.8
16 North Dakota $28,370 $28,200 99.4
17 Wisconsin $28,243 $27,340 96.8
18 Nevada $28,112 $29,040 103.3
19 Minnesota $27,837 $28,060 100.8
20 North Carolina $27,827 $26,130 93.9
21 Arkansas $27,324 $23,800 87.1
22 Utah $26,924 $25,040 93.0
23 West Virginia $26,798 $25,030 93.4
24 Kentucky $26,729 $24,190 90.5
25 Louisiana $26,392 $25,020 94.8
26 Oklahoma $26,266 $23,430 89.2
27 Texas $25,843 $23,440 90.7
28 Connecticut $25,606 $32,700 127.7
29 Montana $25,585 $25,790 100.8
30 Alabama $25,252 $23,030 91.2
31 Florida $25,198 $24,770 98.3
32 Colorado $25,077 $26,030 103.8
33 Missouri $25,044 $22,640 90.4
34 New Hampshire $24,914 $29,150 117.0
35 New Mexico $24,642 $23,780 96.5
36 Pennsylvania $24,566 $24,910 101.4
37 Idaho $24,343 $22,420 92.1
38 Oregon $23,944 $27,680 115.6
39 Virginia $23,888 $24,080 100.8
40 Maine $23,835 $26,410 110.8
41 South Dakota $22,989 $23,840 103.7
42 South Carolina $22,953 $22,770 99.2
43 Massachusetts $22,443 $29,940 133.4
44 Vermont $21,915 $26,540 121.1
45 New Jersey $20,369 $24,830 121.9
46 New York $20,038 $26,250 131.0
47 Maryland $19,824 $24,880 125.5
48 California $18,329 $24,910 135.9
49 Hawaii $14,991 $25,170 167.9