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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9021 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines to crush, grind, or polish materials, such as coal, glass, grain, stone, food, or rubber.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Minnesota 79056$29.07/hr$21.92/hr$24.27/hr$28.57/hr$33.88/hr$38.57/hr
U S 26,210603$23.08/hr$16.24/hr$18.36/hr$22.14/hr$26.78/hr$31.42/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining90$38.58/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities10$16.99/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$22.39/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 50$25.18/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 80$25.29/hr0.0%
Northwest Balance of State 80$25.29/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 90$28.34/hr1.6%
St Cloud MN MSA 100$24.74/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 110$28.00/hr0.5%
Southeast Minnesota 140$24.27/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 150$24.74/hr5.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 150$27.64/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 210$33.88/hr-8.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 210$33.88/hrN/A
Minnesota 790$28.57/hr0.6%

  • Mark bins as to types of mixtures stored.
  • Inspect chains, belts, or scrolls for signs of wear.
  • Clean, adjust, and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Break mixtures to size, using picks.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing.
  • Read work orders to determine production specifications and information.
  • Dislodge and clear jammed materials or other items from machinery and equipment, using hand tools.
  • Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps and conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
  • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.