Inspect and grade milled, rough-sawed, or dimensional stock lumbers.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Graders do?

Inspects and grades milled, rough-sawed, or dimensional stock lumber according to standards: Examines lumber on table, moving belt, chain conveyor, or in racks for defects, such as knots, stains, decay, splits, faulty edges, pitch pockets, wormholes, and defective milling. Grades lumber, using caliper rule, to ensure specified dimensions. Marks lumber to indicate grade and processing instructions, using marker. Tallies pieces of lumber according to grade and board footage. May determine cuts to be made to obtain highest marketable value from material. May remove unsatisfactory pieces from conveyor or table and place pieces on stacks, in bins, or on carts. May scale board footage, using calibrated scale on lumber ruler, and record results. May be designated according to lumber graded as Flooring Grader; Green-Lumber Grader; or according to location of work as Dock Grader; Green-Chain Marker; Planer-Mill Grader. May review work of other graders and be designated Check Grader. May be designated: Dry-Lumber Grader; Milled-Lumber Grader; Puncher; Rough-Lumber Grader.

Should I be a Grader?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Bag Grader, Beef Grader, Brick Grader, Coal Grader, Dock Grader, Dry-Lumber Grader, Flooring Grader, Fur Grader See More

    How to become a Grader

    Most Graders 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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