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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-7041 Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate CNC equipment. Includes lead sawyers.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 9015$19.11/hr$14.77/hr$14.82/hr$19.33/hr$22.09/hr$23.96/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
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
Central Minnesota N/AN/A7.7%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$13.03/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$22.91/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 30$19.76/hr6.7%
Southwest Balance of State 30$19.66/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 30$21.64/hr3.8%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$18.35/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 60$20.28/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 70$19.23/hr0.0%
Northwest Balance of State 80$19.33/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 90$19.33/hr8.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 140$23.34/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 170$23.34/hrN/A
Minnesota 390$21.58/hr6.6%

  • Dispose of waste material after completing work assignments.
  • Guide workpieces against saws, saw over workpieces by hand, or operate automatic feeding devices to guide cuts.
  • Operate panelboards of saw or conveyor systems to move stock through processes or to cut stock to specified dimensions.
  • Count, sort, or stack finished workpieces.
  • Inspect and measure workpieces to mark for cuts and to verify the accuracy of cuts, using rulers, squares, or caliper rules.
  • Examine logs or lumber to plan the best cuts.
  • Trim lumber to straighten rough edges or remove defects, using circular saws.
  • Select saw blades, types or grades of stock, or cutting procedures to be used, according to work orders or supervisors' instructions.
  • Adjust bolts, clamps, stops, guides, or table angles or heights, using hand tools.
  • Position and clamp stock on tables, conveyors, or carriages, using hoists, guides, stops, dogs, wedges, or wrenches.