Below is a sampling of top occupations and wages in the Food & Beverage industry cluster.

Soc Code Title Richmond Metro Avg. Wage National Avg. Wage
19-1012 Food Scientists and Technologists $60,400 $72,600
19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians $35,100 $44,200
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers $35,400 $36,200
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics $54,300 $54,000
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers $66,000 $64,300
51-3011 Bakers $23,900 $28,700
51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers $29,100 $27,800
51-3023 Slaughterers and Meat Packers $28,100 $28,500
51-3091 Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders $30,400 $32,700
51-3092 Food Batchmakers $28,300 $32,100
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders $31,900 $31,700
51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $35,400 $36,200
51-4033 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $30,700 $36,700
51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners $31,500 $40,900
51-9012 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $42,700 $44,100
51-9021 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $37,400 $38,100
51-9023 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $40,500 $39,400
51-9031 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand $29,200 $31,600
51-9032 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $36,700 $35,700
51-9051 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders $36,400 $40,600
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers $40,300 $42,000
51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders $28,300 $32,700
51-9192 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders $29,700 $33,100
51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders $31,500 $34,500
51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $42,800 $40,300
51-9198 Helpers–Production Workers $27,400 $29,400
53-1021 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand $54,000 $58,100
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators $36,300 $36,500
53-7063 Machine Feeders and Offbearers $34,800 $31,700
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand $23,000  $26,500

Source: JobsEQ, Q1 2019.