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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-3092 Food Batchmakers

Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northeast Minnesota 10016$16.86/hr$10.80/hr$12.11/hr$15.37/hr$19.43/hr$23.62/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities330$19.43/hr
Professional and Business Services630$15.43/hr
Leisure and Hospitality690$11.63/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 30$19.43/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 70$24.19/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$15.34/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 100$15.37/hr10.9%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 110$18.90/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 200$18.96/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 220$24.60/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 300$19.13/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 310$19.35/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 380$19.43/hr1.3%
Central Minnesota 500$18.90/hr9.9%
Southeast Minnesota 610$19.58/hr2.9%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 640$19.11/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 740$20.25/hr1.2%
Southeast Balance of State 750$23.74/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,240$15.44/hr6.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,730$15.52/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,760$19.02/hr6.1%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders 1,010$22.02/hr3.9%
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders 1,160$20.91/hr2.4%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 760$22.45/hr2.5%

  • Record production and test data for each food product batch, such as the ingredients used, temperature, test results, and time cycle.
  • Follow recipes to produce food products of specified flavor, texture, clarity, bouquet, or color.
  • Set up, operate, and tend equipment that cooks, mixes, blends, or processes ingredients in the manufacturing of food products, according to formulas or recipes.
  • Press switches and turn knobs to start, adjust, and regulate equipment, such as beaters, extruders, discharge pipes, and salt pumps.
  • Turn valve controls to start equipment and to adjust operation to maintain product quality.
  • Select and measure or weigh ingredients, using English or metric measures and balance scales.
  • Fill processing or cooking containers, such as kettles, rotating cookers, pressure cookers, or vats, with ingredients, by opening valves, by starting pumps or injectors, or by hand.
  • Observe and listen to equipment to detect possible malfunctions, such as leaks or plugging, and report malfunctions or undesirable tastes to supervisors.
  • Manipulate products, by hand or using machines, to separate, spread, knead, spin, cast, cut, pull, or roll products.
  • Mix or blend ingredients, according to recipes, using a paddle or an agitator, or by controlling vats that heat and mix ingredients.