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
Southeast Minnesota 580259$19.26/hr$13.81/hr$16.46/hr$19.18/hr$22.46/hr$24.81/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 Click link for details 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 Click link for details 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.