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
Southeast Minnesota 1,780526$19.97/hr$13.93/hr$16.79/hr$20.02/hr$23.40/hr$26.01/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining70$15.58/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities530$18.70/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,520$13.47/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/A$19.02/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$18.44/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 40$12.80/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 70$17.94/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 90$16.35/hr0.0%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 200$15.16/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 280$15.03/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 480$15.57/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 540$18.38/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 780$15.98/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 820$21.07/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,030$17.33/hr-3.7%
Central Minnesota 1,260$16.40/hr9.0%
Northwest Minnesota 1,480$17.13/hr8.5%
Southeast Minnesota 1,780$20.02/hr8.4%
Southeast Balance of State 1,850$19.32/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,170$16.59/hr-1.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,850$16.60/hrN/A
Minnesota 9,220$17.36/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.