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
Southeast Minnesota 25041$17.27/hr$12.65/hr$14.30/hr$16.93/hr$19.26/hr$23.46/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities120$17.43/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services2,650$13.50/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$15.26/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$16.54/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 80$15.09/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 90$17.01/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 130$16.71/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 170$13.11/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 210$17.00/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 250$14.12/hr-15.8%
Southeast Minnesota 250$16.93/hr22.8%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 250$14.59/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 280$14.42/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 350$15.58/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 410$15.55/hr14.7%
Southwest Minnesota 490$14.87/hr-0.7%
Central Minnesota 1,380$14.07/hr12.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,520$14.60/hr17.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,340$14.48/hrN/A
Minnesota 7,420$14.62/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.