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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9124 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend spraying or rolling 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. Includes painters of transportation vehicles such as painters in auto body repair facilities. Excludes ?Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic? (51-4193).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 44039$22.51/hr$16.94/hr$18.22/hr$21.31/hr$26.33/hr$32.21/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities200$24.07/hr
Professional and Business Services250$20.71/hr
Other Services290$25.91/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$24.89/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 60$20.33/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 70$22.60/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 70$23.99/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 80$31.17/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 120$27.55/hr1.7%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 150$22.36/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 180$22.03/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 220$19.43/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 260$21.24/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 280$22.90/hr5.4%
Northwest Balance of State 420$21.31/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 430$19.47/hr5.4%
Northwest Minnesota 440$21.31/hr5.3%
Southwest Balance of State 570$25.78/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 840$24.90/hr1.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,410$23.73/hr5.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,780$23.53/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,570$23.32/hr4.3%

  • Operate auxiliary machines or equipment used in coating or painting processes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove materials, parts, or workpieces from painting or coating machines, using hand tools.
  • Determine paint flow, viscosity, and coating quality by performing visual inspections, or by using viscometers.
  • Record operational data on specified forms.
  • 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.