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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 90090$19.94/hr$15.91/hr$17.98/hr$18.90/hr$21.45/hr$25.24/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining80$19.15/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities250$19.88/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,870$18.20/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 60$17.39/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 70$19.85/hr-0.4%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 160$19.87/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 170$19.48/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 220$19.26/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 330$16.48/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 400$18.63/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 400$18.45/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 420$18.90/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 450$18.45/hr1.3%
Central Minnesota 900$18.90/hr3.6%
Southwest Balance of State 970$19.62/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,270$19.13/hr4.8%
Southeast Balance of State 1,350$19.27/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,430$19.62/hr2.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,630$18.77/hr6.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,180$18.85/hrN/A
Minnesota 7,920$18.98/hr4.6%

  • Count and record finished and rejected packaged items.
  • Remove finished packaged items from machine and separate rejected items.
  • Stack finished packaged items, or wrap protective material around each item, and pack the items in cartons or containers.
  • Clean packaging containers, line and pad crates, or assemble cartons to prepare for product packing.
  • Attach identification labels to finished packaged items, or cut stencils and stencil information on containers, such as lot numbers or shipping destinations.
  • Stock and sort product for packaging or filling machine operation, and replenish packaging supplies, such as wrapping paper, plastic sheet, boxes, cartons, glue, ink, or labels.
  • Inspect and remove defective products and packaging material.
  • Sort, grade, weigh, and inspect products, verifying and adjusting product weight or measurement to meet specifications.
  • Stop or reset machines when malfunctions occur, clear machine jams, and report malfunctions to a supervisor.
  • Monitor the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn't sticking properly.