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Occupational Employment Statistics


53-7011 Conveyor Operators and Tenders

Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 407$22.38/hr$18.75/hr$20.06/hr$21.63/hr$25.62/hr$27.68/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities350$19.34/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 10$26.38/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 10$24.88/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 30$21.63/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 30$21.51/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 30$22.11/hr7.1%
Southeast Minnesota 30$21.62/hr6.6%
Northwest Minnesota 40$21.63/hr6.3%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$16.50/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$21.46/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 70$21.46/hr7.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 360$21.56/hr4.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 370$21.56/hrN/A
Minnesota 540$21.63/hr6.1%

  • Collect samples of materials or products, checking them to ensure conformance to specifications or sending them to laboratories for analysis.
  • Read production and delivery schedules, and confer with supervisors, to determine sorting and transfer procedures, arrangement of packages on pallets, and destinations of loaded pallets.
  • Operate elevator systems in conjunction with conveyor systems.
  • Clean, sterilize, and maintain equipment, machinery, and work stations, using hand tools, shovels, brooms, chemicals, hoses, and lubricants.
  • Weigh or measure materials and products, using scales or other measuring instruments, or read scales on conveyors that continually weigh products, to verify specified tonnages and prevent overloads.
  • Measure dimensions of bundles, using rulers, and cut battens to required sizes, using power saws.
  • Affix identifying information to materials or products, using hand tools.
  • Record production data such as weights, types, quantities, and storage locations of materials, as well as equipment performance problems and downtime.
  • Position deflector bars, gates, chutes, or spouts to divert flow of materials from one conveyor onto another conveyor.
  • Load, unload, or adjust materials or products on conveyors by hand, by using lifts, hoists, and scoops, or by opening gates, chutes, or hoppers.