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What is a Textile or Garment Presser?

Occupation Description Press or shape articles by hand or machine.

Life As a Textile or Garment Presser

  • Remove finished pieces from pressing machines and hang or stack them for cooling, or forward them for additional processing.
  • Operate steam, hydraulic, or other pressing machines to remove wrinkles from garments and flatwork items, or to shape, form, or patch articles.
  • Press ties on small pressing machines.
  • Position materials such as cloth garments, felt, or straw on tables, dies, or feeding mechanisms of pressing machines, or on ironing boards or work tables.
  • Finish fancy garments such as evening gowns and costumes, using hand irons to produce high quality finishes.
  • Moisten materials to soften and smooth them.

What Every Textile or Garment Presser Should Know

These are the skills Textile and Garment Pressers say are the most useful in their careers:

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Types of Textile or Garment Presser Jobs

  • Calender Machine Operator
  • Sleever
  • Hat Lining Blocker
  • Steam Presser
  • Slip Presser

Is There Job Demand for Textile and Garment Pressers?

There were about 45,000 jobs for Textile or Garment Presser in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Textile or Garment Presser. The BLS estimates 5,200 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Textile or Garment Presser are Montana, Utah, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Missouri, or Kansas. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Textile or Garment Presser Average Salary

The average yearly salary of a Textile or Garment Presser ranges between $18,000 and $31,100.


Textile and Garment Pressers who work in Massachusetts, Alaska, or Rhode Island, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Textile and Garment Pressers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $20,720
Alaska $29,390
Arizona $23,540
Arkansas $22,880
California $26,530
Colorado $24,800
Connecticut $27,210
District of Columbia $26,450
Florida $22,660
Georgia $20,040
Hawaii $24,940
Idaho $23,130
Illinois $22,530
Indiana $24,600
Iowa $23,910
Kansas $23,670
Kentucky $24,090
Louisiana $24,230
Maine $25,720
Maryland $26,910
Massachusetts $33,630
Michigan $22,990
Minnesota $28,190
Mississippi $21,660
Missouri $22,780
Montana $25,340
Nebraska $24,330
Nevada $23,270
New Hampshire $24,790
New Jersey $24,770
New Mexico $22,110
New York $27,660
North Carolina $21,810
Ohio $23,890
Oklahoma $19,590
Oregon $26,020
Pennsylvania $23,060
Rhode Island $29,200
South Carolina $22,300
Tennessee $26,330
Texas $21,270
Utah $23,600
Virginia $21,560
Washington $30,330
West Virginia $25,620
Wisconsin $25,250
Wyoming $20,700

What Tools & Technology do Textile and Garment Pressers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Textile and Garment Pressers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Email software

Becoming a Textile or Garment Presser

Individuals working as a Textile or Garment Presser have obtained the following education levels:


How many years of work experience do I need?


Where do Textile and Garment Pressers Work?


Textile and Garment Pressers work in the following industries:


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