Cripple Worker

Cut or pull defective parts from shoe uppers and cement replacement parts.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cripple Workers do?

Cuts or pulls defective leather or fabric parts from shoe uppers and cements replacement parts: Cuts stitching with knife or scissors and pulls defective part, such as vamp, box-toe, or lining from upper. Tags and routes defective parts to cutting department to obtain replacement parts. Cements replacement parts to upper. May cut and pull defective stitching from upper to permit restitching.


Should I be a Cripple Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Cut Off Worker

    How to become a Cripple Worker

    Most Cripple Workers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9maaaa&chl=no+college+%2862%25%29|certificate+%2838%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,62,62
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