Cotton Baler

Tend hydraulic presses that bales ginned cottons.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cotton Balers do?

Tends hydraulic press that bales ginned cotton: Spreads piece of burlap or jute bale covering on bed of chamber in press. Starts equipment that dumps and tamps bulk cotton in chamber. Observes level of cotton in chamber and stops loading equipment when chamber contains required amounts of cotton. Positions loaded chamber under ram of press. Starts press to compress cotton. Fastens bands around bale and loads bale on handtruck. Moves handtruck onto platform of scale and records weight of bale. May determine number of compressed bales to be obtained from bulk cotton, according to total weight of cotton.


Should I be a Cotton Baler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Corn-Husk Baler, Presser, Cotton Ginning

    How to become a Cotton Baler

    Most Cotton Balers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9afaaa&chl=no+college+%2892%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,92,92
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