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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
Northeast Minnesota 7015$20.39/hr$14.67/hr$15.49/hr$19.23/hr$24.45/hr$30.71/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining120$17.80/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities170$18.85/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,370$15.61/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 40$15.50/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 70$19.23/hr-0.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 70$20.08/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 230$24.46/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 270$19.43/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 320$19.65/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 350$18.10/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 440$18.74/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 560$19.35/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 600$18.90/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 610$19.20/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 840$19.35/hr1.3%
Central Minnesota 1,160$19.51/hr3.6%
Southwest Minnesota 1,180$18.90/hr2.5%
Southeast Minnesota 1,430$18.86/hr4.8%
Southeast Balance of State 1,520$18.77/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 3,570$19.67/hr6.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,280$19.80/hrN/A
Minnesota 8,390$19.35/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.