Occupational Employment Statistics


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
Southeast Minnesota 6025$24.61/hr$16.51/hr$18.72/hr$23.71/hr$29.66/hr$35.02/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/A$26.75/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 60$23.71/hr12.2%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$16.03/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 120$18.19/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 170$24.41/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 240$23.13/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 520$22.44/hr-12.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 630$21.62/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,020$21.98/hr1.9%

  • 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.