Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9121 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines to coat or paint any of a wide variety of products including, glassware, cloth, ceramics, metal, plastic, paper, or wood, with lacquer, silver, copper, rubber, varnish, glaze, enamel, oil, or rust-proofing materials. Excludes “Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic" (51-4193) and "Painters, Transportation Equipment" (51-9122).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 43060$19.70/hr$14.03/hr$16.12/hr$18.60/hr$23.29/hr$28.43/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$20.74/hr
Professional and Business Services140$19.39/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Rochester MN MSA N/A$17.31/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$13.75/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$18.58/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 60$19.53/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 70$23.30/hr-10.8%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 70$23.37/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 100$18.73/hr8.4%
St Cloud MN MSA 110$18.93/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 150$17.20/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 260$18.35/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 280$18.54/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 280$26.14/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 280$18.21/hr6.4%
Northwest Minnesota 430$18.60/hr13.8%
Central Minnesota 560$21.68/hr19.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,490$20.41/hr-1.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,730$20.00/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,760$19.89/hr3.0%

  • Perform test runs to ensure that equipment is set up properly.
  • Examine, measure, weigh, or test sample products to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Observe machine gauges and equipment operation to detect defects or deviations from standards, and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Hold or position spray guns to direct spray onto articles.
  • Select appropriate coatings, paints, or sprays, or prepare them by mixing substances according to formulas, using automated paint mixing equipment.
  • Turn dials, handwheels, valves, or switches to regulate conveyor speeds, machine temperature, air pressure and circulation, and the flow or spray of coatings or paints.
  • Clean machines, related equipment, and work areas, using water, solvents and other cleaning aids.
  • Determine paint flow, viscosity, and coating quality by performing visual inspections, or by using viscometers.
  • Start and stop operation of machines, using levers or buttons.
  • Attach hoses or nozzles to machines, using wrenches and pliers, and make adjustments to obtain the proper dispersion of spray.