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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9198 Helpers--Production Workers

Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Apprentice workers are classified in the appropriate production occupations (51-0000).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 36037$20.03/hr$15.68/hr$17.63/hr$19.57/hr$22.28/hr$24.91/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities170$17.86/hr
Professional and Business Services360$15.99/hr
Other Services20$16.29/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 10$22.24/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$16.92/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$19.63/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 40$18.30/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$16.92/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$19.63/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 50$19.67/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 70$22.37/hr3.7%
St Cloud MN MSA 140$18.65/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 200$19.59/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 310$19.58/hr-4.0%
Central Minnesota 320$19.57/hr-6.6%
Northwest Balance of State 340$19.57/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 360$19.57/hr-5.0%
Southeast Minnesota 580$19.62/hr-6.6%
Southeast Balance of State 630$19.58/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,440$19.26/hr-2.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,590$19.26/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,150$19.57/hr-3.7%

  • Signal coworkers to direct them to move products during the production process.
  • Help production workers by performing duties of lesser skill, such as supplying or holding materials or tools, or cleaning work areas and equipment.
  • Position spouts or chutes of storage bins so that containers can be filled.
  • Record information, such as the number of products tested, meter readings, or dates and times of product production.
  • Start machines or equipment to begin production processes.
  • Load and unload items from machines, conveyors, and conveyances.
  • Operate machinery used in the production process, or assist machine operators.
  • Cut or break flashing from materials or products.
  • Remove products, machine attachments, or waste material from machines.
  • Transfer finished products, raw materials, tools, or equipment between storage and work areas of plants and warehouses, by hand or using hand trucks or powered lift trucks.