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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northeast Minnesota 18019$27.38/hr$18.33/hr$22.94/hr$25.73/hr$31.72/hr$35.69/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining70$22.67/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities770$24.98/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,090$23.86/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services50$30.05/hr
Public Administration20$34.46/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 80$25.73/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 180$25.20/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 180$25.73/hr-17.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 220$25.52/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 240$19.44/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 270$24.76/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 330$23.10/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 330$20.53/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 370$22.67/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 570$23.73/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 630$23.73/hr-5.9%
Southwest Balance of State 640$22.17/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 940$21.92/hr-7.7%
Central Minnesota 1,070$23.05/hr-11.7%
Southeast Balance of State 1,090$22.92/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,150$23.20/hr-10.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 5,840$24.32/hr-13.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 6,820$24.19/hrN/A
Minnesota 9,930$23.89/hr-12.0%

  • Compute usable amounts of items in shipments.
  • Measure dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers.
  • Monitor production operations or equipment to ensure conformance to specifications, making necessary process or assembly adjustments.
  • Grade, classify, or sort products according to sizes, weights, colors, or other specifications.
  • Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications.
  • Analyze test data, making computations as necessary, to determine test results.
  • Make minor adjustments to equipment, such as turning setscrews to calibrate instruments to required tolerances.
  • Notify supervisors or other personnel of production problems.
  • Collect or select samples for testing or for use as models.
  • Mark items with details, such as grade or acceptance-rejection status.