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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Minnesota 10,470356$25.60/hr$18.74/hr$21.29/hr$24.40/hr$29.45/hr$32.82/hr
U S 584,6305,846$24.50/hr$15.89/hr$18.50/hr$22.80/hr$28.86/hr$35.92/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining50$23.65/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities860$25.71/hr
Professional and Business Services1,090$22.99/hr
Education and Health Services20$20.78/hr
Other Services40$31.37/hr
Public Administration20$36.96/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 70$24.90/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 180$24.18/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 200$25.44/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 250$28.20/hr-17.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 260$28.59/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 260$23.29/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 370$23.75/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 420$22.24/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 480$23.57/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 660$22.75/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 720$24.50/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 770$24.50/hr-5.9%
Southwest Minnesota 930$22.79/hr-7.7%
Southeast Minnesota 1,040$24.19/hr-10.2%
Southeast Balance of State 1,060$23.89/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 1,100$23.79/hr-11.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 6,140$25.00/hr-13.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 7,040$24.86/hrN/A
Minnesota 10,470$24.40/hr-12.0%

  • Compute usable amounts of items in shipments.
  • Measure dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers.
  • Monitor production operations or equipment to ensure conformance to specifications, making necessary process or assembly adjustments.
  • Grade, classify, or sort products according to sizes, weights, colors, or other specifications.
  • Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications.
  • Analyze test data, making computations as necessary, to determine test results.
  • Make minor adjustments to equipment, such as turning setscrews to calibrate instruments to required tolerances.
  • Notify supervisors or other personnel of production problems.
  • Collect or select samples for testing or for use as models.
  • Mark items with details, such as grade or acceptance-rejection status.