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 $74,900 $80,200
19-4013 Food Science Technicians $39,000 $45,900
35-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers $36,500 $37,900
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics $55,300 $57,400
51-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers $73,900 $66,800
51-3011 Bakers $34,400 $31,100
51-3022 Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers $29,900 $30,800
51-3023 Slaughterers and Meat Packers $29,500 $31,200
51-3091 Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders $37,600 $35,400
51-3092 Food Batchmakers $35,500 $35,000
51-3093 Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders $28,400 $34,200
51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $38,300 $38,700
51-4033 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic $48,400 $38,800
51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners $38,800 $43,700
51-9012 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $43,200 $46,800
51-9021 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $44,400 $41,300
51-9023 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $42,700 $41,000
51-9031 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand $37,400 $34,200
51-9032 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $39,200 $38,200
51-9051 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders $41,700 $41,900
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers $43,700 $44,600
51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders $42,700 $35,200
51-9192 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders $44,300 $34,600
51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders $39,600 $39,600
51-9196 Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders $49,400 $41,500
51-9198 Helpers–Production Workers $30,600 $32,000
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators $36,200 $39,200
53-7063 Machine Feeders and Offbearers $31,500 $34,500
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand $25,300 $29,300
53-1047 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors $54,700 $58,300

Source: Chmura Economics & Analytics, JobsEQ

*Wages reflect the 2020 annual average.