Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-9012 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders



Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators. Excludes “Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders" (51-9011).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 6014$20.60/hr$15.63/hr$17.13/hr$19.37/hr$23.54/hr$28.57/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Manufacturing540$19.69/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$19.34/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/A$23.77/hr20.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/A$24.02/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/A$19.74/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State 20$19.42/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 40$19.90/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$20.04/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$17.74/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$21.74/hr31.3%
Southeast Minnesota 50$17.66/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 60$19.37/hr20.8%
St Cloud MN MSA 140$18.07/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 220$20.87/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 220$20.69/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 280$18.44/hr22.4%
Minnesota 590$19.61/hr8.8%




  • Monitor material flow or instruments such as temperature or pressure gauges, indicators, or meters to ensure optimal processing conditions.
  • Inspect machines or equipment for hazards, operating efficiency, malfunctions, wear, or leaks.
  • Maintain logs of instrument readings, test results, or shift production for entry in computer databases.
  • Operate machines to process materials in compliance with applicable safety, energy, or environmental regulations.
  • Communicate processing instructions to other workers.
  • Examine samples to verify qualities such as clarity, cleanliness, consistency, dryness, or texture.
  • Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.
  • Dump, pour, or load specified amounts of refined or unrefined materials into equipment or containers for further processing or storage.
  • Turn valves to pump sterilizing solutions or rinse water through pipes or equipment or to spray vats with atomizers.