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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 14017$24.74/hr$19.45/hr$19.68/hr$24.45/hr$30.38/hr$33.04/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining160$31.91/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities100$19.35/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$24.39/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 50$24.30/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 70$23.82/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 80$24.92/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 80$19.35/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 90$24.76/hr0.0%
Southeast Balance of State 100$23.41/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 130$23.82/hr5.8%
Southeast Minnesota 140$23.41/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 140$24.45/hr0.5%
Southwest Minnesota 150$24.51/hr1.6%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 200$29.98/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 230$24.98/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 240$29.98/hr-8.9%
Minnesota 900$25.06/hr0.6%

  • Mark bins as to types of mixtures stored.
  • Inspect chains, belts, or scrolls for signs of wear.
  • Clean, adjust, and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Break mixtures to size, using picks.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing.
  • 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.
  • Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.