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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders



Set up, operate, or tend paper goods machines that perform a variety of functions, such as converting, sawing, corrugating, banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, forming, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into products.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,04077$23.39/hr$16.61/hr$19.88/hr$24.01/hr$25.24/hr$31.49/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing1,700$24.78/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities210$19.69/hr
Professional and Business Services40$18.99/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota 130$24.03/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 260$30.60/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 540$28.87/hr-11.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,040$24.01/hr-7.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,190$24.34/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,950$24.34/hr-8.6%




  • Start machines and move controls to regulate tension on pressure rolls, to synchronize speed of machine components, and to adjust temperatures of glue or paraffin.
  • Examine completed work to detect defects and verify conformance to work orders, and adjust machinery as necessary to correct production problems.
  • Adjust guide assemblies, forming bars, and folding mechanisms according to specifications, using hand tools.
  • Monitor finished cartons as they drop from forming machines into rotating hoppers and into gravity feed chutes to prevent jamming.
  • Stamp products with information such as dates, using hand stamps or automatic stamping devices.
  • Remove finished cores, and stack or place them on conveyors for transfer to other work areas.
  • Lift tote boxes of finished cartons, and dump cartons into feed hoppers.
  • Observe operation of various machines to detect and correct machine malfunctions such as improper forming, glue flow, or pasteboard tension.
  • Place rolls of paper or cardboard on machine feed tracks, and thread paper through gluing, coating, and slitting rollers.
  • Cut products to specified dimensions, using hand or power cutters.