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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders



Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes “Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 16035$20.87/hr$17.30/hr$18.35/hr$21.81/hr$21.81/hr$24.53/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing1,260$21.81/hr
Professional and Business Services60$19.75/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$19.51/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 30$19.16/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$19.17/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 110$19.51/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 120$19.23/hr3.9%
Southeast Minnesota 160$21.81/hr3.7%
Central Minnesota 290$19.69/hr3.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 690$24.98/hr-0.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 930$24.91/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,320$21.81/hr0.4%




  • Monitor gauges, recording instruments, flowmeters, or products to ensure that specified conditions are maintained.
  • Record operational data, such as temperatures, pressures, ingredients used, processing times, or test results.
  • Adjust controls to regulate temperature, pressure, feed, or flow of liquids or gases and times of prescribed reactions, according to knowledge of equipment and processes.
  • Control or operate equipment in which chemical changes or reactions take place during the processing of industrial or consumer products.
  • Open valves or start pumps, agitators, reactors, blowers, or automatic feed of materials.
  • Inspect equipment or units to detect leaks or malfunctions, shutting equipment down, if necessary.
  • Draw samples of products at specified stages so that analyses can be performed.
  • Observe safety precautions to prevent fires or explosions.
  • Test product samples for specific gravity, chemical characteristics, pH levels, concentrations, or viscosities, or send them to laboratories for testing.
  • Dump or scoop prescribed solid, granular, or powdered materials into equipment.