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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,36056$25.52/hr$15.54/hr$19.54/hr$23.81/hr$30.39/hr$38.23/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities310$25.24/hr
Professional and Business Services210$15.43/hr
Other Services310$26.32/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$24.39/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$22.77/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 60$26.68/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$22.52/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 90$23.96/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 110$24.07/hr1.7%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 150$23.20/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 170$20.00/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 180$19.34/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 180$21.10/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 320$24.03/hr5.4%
Southeast Minnesota 330$19.45/hr5.4%
Northwest Balance of State 430$24.38/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 460$24.39/hr5.3%
Southwest Balance of State 580$25.06/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 790$25.06/hr1.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,360$23.81/hr5.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,730$23.81/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,380$23.97/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.