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 37072$15.69/hr$12.06/hr$13.54/hr$15.13/hr$17.89/hr$20.37/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$14.18/hr
Professional and Business Services550N/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$18.96/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$13.38/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$13.25/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 180$18.12/hr-7.0%
Southwest Balance of State 220$16.49/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 290$13.95/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 300$17.01/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 340$15.28/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 370$15.13/hr4.7%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 440$17.21/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 580$20.24/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 600$15.79/hr3.9%
Southeast Minnesota 800$19.65/hr10.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,740$16.30/hr3.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,010$16.14/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,680$16.73/hr2.4%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders 520$16.14/hr0.1%
Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders 460$16.98/hr2.8%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 1,220$18.33/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.