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Working as a Knitting Machine Operator

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a knitting machine operator. For example, did you know that they make an average of $11.25 an hour? That's $23,408 a year!

What Does a Knitting Machine Operator Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a knitting machine operator, we found that a lot of resumes listed 25.7% of knitting machine operators included creel, while 14.3% of resumes included doff, and 14.3% of resumes included machine parts. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the knitting machine operator job title. But what industry to start with? Most knitting machine operators actually find jobs in the manufacturing and retail industries.

How To Become a Knitting Machine Operator

If you're interested in becoming a knitting machine operator, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 3.6% of knitting machine operators have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 1.2% of knitting machine operators have master's degrees. Even though some knitting machine operators have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a knitting machine operator. When we researched the most common majors for a knitting machine operator, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on knitting machine operator resumes include diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a knitting machine operator. In fact, many knitting machine operator jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many knitting machine operators also have previous career experience in roles such as machine operator or knitter.

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Average Salary$23,408

Knitting Machine Operator Jobs

Average Salary for a Knitting Machine Operator

Knitting Machine Operators in America make an average salary of $23,408 per year or $11 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $28,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $18,000 per year.
Average Salary
$23,408

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Hackensack, NJ
Salary Range21k - 30k$26k$25,509
El Monte, CA
Salary Range20k - 29k$24k$24,440
Garden Grove, CA
Salary Range20k - 29k$24k$24,406
Farmingdale, NY
Salary Range18k - 26k$22k$22,080
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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
1St. Shift Ribber Knit Machine Operator
1St. Shift Ribber Knit Machine Operator
Coastal Staffing, Inc.
Coastal Staffing, Inc.
07/28/2020
07/28/2020
$26,69307/28/2020
$26,693
Knitting and Weaving Machine Operator
Knitting and Weaving Machine Operator
Personnel Services Unlimited
Personnel Services Unlimited
05/19/2020
05/19/2020
$25,04405/19/2020
$25,044
Knitting Machine Operator
Knitting Machine Operator
Kelly Services
Kelly Services
03/21/2020
03/21/2020
$23,79203/21/2020
$23,792
Knitting Machine Operator
Knitting Machine Operator
Randstad
Randstad
08/02/2019
08/02/2019
$20,87008/02/2019
$20,870
Knitting Machine Operator
Knitting Machine Operator
The Resource
The Resource
07/25/2019
07/25/2019
$25,77407/25/2019
$25,774
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Knitting Machine Operator Demographics

Gender

female

56.7 %

male

37.6 %

unknown

5.7 %

Ethnicity

White

63.0 %

Black or African American

14.0 %

Hispanic or Latino

11.5 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0 %

Korean

20.0 %

Persian

20.0 %
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Knitting Machine Operator Education

Degrees

High School Diploma

51.8 %

Associate

22.9 %

Certificate

10.8 %

Entry Level Jobs For Becoming A Knitting Machine Operator

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Best States For a Knitting Machine Operator

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a knitting machine operator. The best states for people in this position are New Jersey, Illinois, Iowa, and California. Knitting machine operators make the most in New Jersey with an average salary of $25,331. Whereas in Illinois and Iowa, they would average $24,898 and $24,855, respectively. While knitting machine operators would only make an average of $24,818 in California, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Iowa

Total Knitting Machine Operator Jobs:
183
Highest 10% Earn:
$32,000
Location Quotient:
1.94
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. North Dakota

Total Knitting Machine Operator Jobs:
29
Highest 10% Earn:
$32,000
Location Quotient:
1.34
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Minnesota

Total Knitting Machine Operator Jobs:
233
Highest 10% Earn:
$32,000
Location Quotient:
1.38
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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How Do Knitting Machine Operator Rate Their Jobs?

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5.0

Self knitterDecember 2019

5.0

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What do you like the most about working as Knitting Machine Operator?

Doing my own stitches and designs Show More

What do you NOT like?

When it runs out of oil you have to oil it all over again Show More

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5.0

5.0

What do you like the most about working as Knitting Machine Operator?

I loved running around and keeping all the machines running and I actually love to creel Show More

What do you NOT like?

The pay I think if you are good at your job you should get paid for it before my company closes I was making 25 dollars a hour that was great money Show More

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Top Knitting Machine Operator Employers

1. Fruit of the Loom
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$38,058
Knitting Machine Operators Hired: 
14+
2. Kayser-Roth
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$35,327
Knitting Machine Operators Hired: 
10+
3. Hanes Dye and Finishing Co.
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$37,891
Knitting Machine Operators Hired: 
6+
4. Renfro
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$29,304
Knitting Machine Operators Hired: 
5+
5. Guilford
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$39,860
Knitting Machine Operators Hired: 
4+
6. Hanesbrands
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$43,432
Knitting Machine Operators Hired: 
4+

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Updated October 2, 2020