Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

43-5041 Meter Readers, Utilities



Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 208$21.73/hr$10.21/hr$10.22/hr$26.35/hr$30.71/hr$35.65/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities100$33.30/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration90$20.22/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$23.28/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota 10$29.09/hr-22.2%
Northeast Minnesota 20$31.71/hr-13.8%
Northwest Minnesota 20$26.35/hr-7.8%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$31.71/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$26.59/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 50$25.29/hr-7.1%
Southeast Minnesota 50$26.66/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 100$32.34/hr-10.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 130$30.03/hrN/A
Minnesota 260$28.45/hr-9.1%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 15,030$17.72/hr-0.1%
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 540$21.23/hr20.7%
Parking Lot Attendants 2,010$12.46/hr-0.9%


  • Upload into office computers all information collected on hand-held computers during meter rounds, or return route books or hand-held computers to business offices so that data can be compiled.
  • Report to service departments any problems, such as meter irregularities, damaged equipment, or impediments to meter access, including dogs.
  • Leave messages to arrange different times to read meters in cases in which meters are not accessible.
  • Walk or drive vehicles along established routes to take readings of meter dials.
  • Read electric, gas, water, or steam consumption meters and enter data in route books or hand-held computers.
  • Verify readings in cases where consumption appears to be abnormal, and record possible reasons for fluctuations.
  • Answer customers' questions about services and charges, or direct them to customer service centers.
  • Connect and disconnect utility services at specific locations.
  • Perform preventative maintenance or minor repairs on meters.
  • Walk or drive vehicles along established routes to take readings of meter dials.