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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 1,070125$17.54/hr$13.29/hr$14.80/hr$17.18/hr$19.64/hr$23.44/hr
Northeast Minnesota 210105$19.99/hr$14.20/hr$16.76/hr$19.54/hr$23.47/hr$26.43/hr
Northwest Minnesota 870150$18.97/hr$13.87/hr$16.03/hr$18.45/hr$21.58/hr$25.14/hr
Southeast Minnesota 1,570496$20.87/hr$14.64/hr$17.59/hr$20.94/hr$24.47/hr$27.16/hr
Southwest Minnesota 1,010132$17.70/hr$13.25/hr$15.02/hr$17.55/hr$19.82/hr$23.51/hr
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,540347$18.50/hr$12.97/hr$14.95/hr$17.89/hr$21.13/hr$25.21/hr
Minnesota 8,290680$18.78/hr$13.27/hr$15.43/hr$18.28/hr$21.76/hr$25.40/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining40$18.43/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities560$18.70/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services930$14.93/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2018-2028
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/A$19.86/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$14.58/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 210$19.54/hr1.5%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 240$18.25/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 330$16.69/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 330$18.04/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 370$17.91/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 380$15.87/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 380$19.32/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 640$17.90/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 760$21.36/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 870$18.45/hr5.0%
Southwest Minnesota 1,010$17.55/hr-2.0%
Central Minnesota 1,070$17.18/hr9.8%
Southeast Minnesota 1,570$20.94/hr2.9%
Southeast Balance of State 1,620$20.12/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,540$17.89/hr3.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,230$17.84/hrN/A
Minnesota 8,290$18.28/hr2.4%

  • Count and record finished and rejected packaged items.
  • Remove finished packaged items from machine and separate rejected items.
  • Stack finished packaged items, or wrap protective material around each item, and pack the items in cartons or containers.
  • Clean packaging containers, line and pad crates, or assemble cartons to prepare for product packing.
  • Attach identification labels to finished packaged items, or cut stencils and stencil information on containers, such as lot numbers or shipping destinations.
  • Stock and sort product for packaging or filling machine operation, and replenish packaging supplies, such as wrapping paper, plastic sheet, boxes, cartons, glue, ink, or labels.
  • Inspect and remove defective products and packaging material.
  • Sort, grade, weigh, and inspect products, verifying and adjusting product weight or measurement to meet specifications.
  • Stop or reset machines when malfunctions occur, clear machine jams, and report malfunctions to a supervisor.
  • Monitor the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn't sticking properly.