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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 31043$16.48/hr$11.94/hr$13.51/hr$15.77/hr$19.74/hr$22.86/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$14.44/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/A$20.78/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$19.30/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$13.22/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$13.87/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 60$13.74/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$17.38/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 110$17.62/hr-7.0%
Northwest Balance of State 120$15.77/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 220$14.67/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 260$17.69/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 310$15.77/hr4.7%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 390$17.39/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 420$19.18/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 580$19.18/hr10.9%
Central Minnesota 760$16.56/hr3.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,380$16.48/hr3.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,670$16.24/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,700$17.04/hr2.4%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders 380$18.17/hr0.1%
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders 430$18.07/hr2.8%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 820$18.20/hr-2.8%

  • 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.
  • Observe and listen to equipment to detect possible malfunctions, such as leaks or plugging, and report malfunctions or undesirable tastes to supervisors.
  • Mix or blend ingredients, according to recipes, using a paddle or an agitator, or by controlling vats that heat and mix ingredients.
  • Observe gauges and thermometers to determine if the mixing chamber temperature is within specified limits, and turn valves to control the temperature.
  • Clean and sterilize vats and factory processing areas.