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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 49059$15.76/hr$11.81/hr$13.42/hr$15.21/hr$18.11/hr$20.34/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities170$17.65/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services2,670$13.12/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/A$14.95/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$15.37/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 80$14.95/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 80$14.68/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 190$16.26/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 210$15.00/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 360$15.03/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 430$15.19/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 450$27.77/hr-15.8%
Southwest Minnesota 480$15.21/hr-0.7%
Northwest Minnesota 490$15.21/hr14.7%
Southeast Balance of State 620$13.80/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 670$14.03/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 760$16.44/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 1,540$14.63/hr12.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,870$14.34/hr17.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,540$14.26/hrN/A
Minnesota 8,400$14.60/hr14.8%

  • Help production workers by performing duties of lesser skill, such as supplying or holding materials or tools, or cleaning work areas and equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place products in equipment or on work surfaces for further processing, inspecting, or wrapping.
  • Pack and store materials and products.
  • Examine products to verify conformance to quality standards.
  • Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify operators of any malfunctions.