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Occupational Employment Statistics


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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 19021$26.53/hr$19.00/hr$21.02/hr$21.04/hr$31.63/hr$39.70/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities90$39.01/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration80$30.31/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
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
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$30.64/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 10$27.90/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 10$25.81/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 20$18.93/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$18.93/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 30$21.04/hr-15.2%
Southwest Minnesota 30$18.93/hr-16.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 190$21.04/hr-15.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 210$21.04/hrN/A
Minnesota 340$21.02/hr-14.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Bridge and Lock Tenders 70$32.72/hr0.0%
Driver/Sales Workers 9,120$14.79/hr14.1%
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 710$24.50/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.