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DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

43-5041 Meter Readers, Utilities



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

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southwest Minnesota 205$25.67/hr$12.11/hr$15.99/hr$18.60/hr$38.47/hr$40.81/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities80$39.23/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration70$30.84/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 10$26.54/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 10$26.54/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 10$18.60/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 20$18.60/hr-16.7%
Southwest Balance of State 20$18.60/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 20$18.60/hr-15.2%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30N/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 160$30.48/hr-15.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 170$30.48/hrN/A
Minnesota 250$24.76/hr-14.7%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Bridge and Lock Tenders 80$32.61/hr0.0%
Driver/Sales Workers 10,710$14.25/hr14.1%
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 730$25.76/hr11.1%


  • 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.