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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 1,240163$17.00/hr$11.67/hr$13.69/hr$16.71/hr$19.98/hr$23.34/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/A$15.80/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$19.01/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,780$13.45/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$15.34/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/A$18.47/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$12.53/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$13.63/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$13.63/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 70$14.62/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 220$19.69/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 390$13.70/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 510$19.07/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 810$21.00/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 860$16.36/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,040$16.96/hr-3.7%
Northwest Minnesota 1,240$16.71/hr8.5%
Central Minnesota 1,390$16.44/hr9.0%
Southeast Minnesota 1,680$19.31/hr8.4%
Southeast Balance of State 2,140$18.31/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 5,140$16.34/hr-1.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,910$16.30/hrN/A
Minnesota 10,320$17.02/hr1.5%

  • 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.