Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9032 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material. Excludes “Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-7040), "Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic" (51-4031), and "Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-6062).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 34012$18.93/hr$13.86/hr$15.55/hr$18.84/hr$22.52/hr$24.61/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities90$22.77/hr
Professional and Business Services50$18.28/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$20.53/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$18.19/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 100$18.93/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 110$20.53/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 130$18.83/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 150$20.16/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 200$18.32/hr7.5%
Northwest Balance of State 240$18.79/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 330$22.24/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 340$18.84/hr-7.5%
Central Minnesota 470$21.52/hr10.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 840$19.31/hr-1.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,050$18.70/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,940$19.66/hr-0.4%

  • Press buttons, pull levers, or depress pedals to start and operate cutting and slicing machines.
  • Feed stock into cutting machines, onto conveyors, or under cutting blades, by threading, guiding, pushing, or turning handwheels.
  • Remove completed materials or products from cutting or slicing machines, and stack or store them for additional processing.
  • Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices, such as rulers, micrometers, or scales.
  • Move stock or scrap to and from machines manually, or by using carts, handtrucks, or lift trucks.
  • Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.
  • Clean and lubricate cutting machines, conveyors, blades, saws, or knives, using steam hoses, scrapers, brushes, or oil cans.
  • Remove defective or substandard materials from machines, and readjust machine components so that products meet standards.
  • Monitor operation of cutting or slicing machines to detect malfunctions or to determine whether supplies need replenishment.
  • Review work orders, blueprints, specifications, or job samples to determine components, settings, and adjustments for cutting and slicing machines.