Occupational Employment Statistics


51-7042 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 20038$18.68/hr$11.77/hr$13.91/hr$17.00/hr$22.17/hr$26.82/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/A-21.8%
Southwest Minnesota N/A$18.09/hr0.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN N/A$18.24/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$14.82/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA N/A$17.90/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Minnesota N/A$17.50/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 80$19.29/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 130$15.84/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 150$16.76/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 200$17.00/hr8.1%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 210$15.41/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 220$17.90/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 310$15.45/hr0.0%
Northwest Balance of State 310$15.48/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 370$17.25/hr9.5%

  • Clean or maintain products, machines, or work areas.
  • Feed stock through feed mechanisms or conveyors into planing, shaping, boring, mortising, or sanding machines to produce desired components.
  • Inspect pulleys, drive belts, guards, or fences on machines to ensure that machines will operate safely.
  • Examine raw woodstock for defects and to ensure conformity to size and other specification standards.
  • Attach and adjust guides, stops, clamps, chucks, or feed mechanisms, using hand tools.
  • Inspect and mark completed workpieces and stack them on pallets, in boxes, or on conveyors so that they can be moved to the next workstation.
  • Push or hold workpieces against, under, or through cutting, boring, or shaping mechanisms.
  • Examine finished workpieces for smoothness, shape, angle, depth-of-cut, or conformity to specifications and verify dimensions, visually and using hands, rules, calipers, templates, or gauges.
  • Select knives, saws, blades, cutter heads, cams, bits, or belts, according to workpiece, machine functions, or product specifications.
  • Monitor operation of machines and make adjustments to correct problems and ensure conformance to specifications.