Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9021 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines to crush, grind, or polish materials, such as coal, glass, grain, stone, food, or rubber.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 6028$23.63/hr$15.38/hr$20.08/hr$23.98/hr$28.87/hr$31.36/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining170$26.42/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$18.20/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southeast Minnesota N/A$20.76/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$18.23/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/A$21.07/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20N/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$24.80/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$17.44/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 40$25.06/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 60$23.98/hr2.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 150$20.44/hr-19.8%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 160$27.21/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 170$27.07/hr-8.9%
Central Minnesota 270$21.37/hr4.0%
Southwest Minnesota 290$21.82/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 350$20.45/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,130$22.05/hr-1.3%

  • Inspect chains, belts, or scrolls for signs of wear.
  • Clean, adjust, and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Read work orders to determine production specifications and information.
  • Dislodge and clear jammed materials or other items from machinery and equipment, using hand tools.
  • Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps and conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
  • Move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment that crushes, grinds, polishes, or blends materials.
  • Observe operation of equipment to ensure continuity of flow, safety, and efficient operation, and to detect malfunctions.
  • Notify supervisors of needed repairs.
  • Reject defective products and readjust equipment to eliminate problems.