Lumber Sorter

Sort lumbers or veneers according to grade markings and sizes.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Lumber Sorters do?

Sorts lumber or veneer according to grade markings and size: Removes boards from sorting table, handtruck, or conveyor and stacks in piles or places boards in rack or on conveyor, according to grade marking, length, or use of boards. Gauges length of boards by sight, by marks on sorting table, or by measuring with rule. May remove defective lumber from conveyor and stack lumber according to grade, length, species, and color. May hand stamp grade markings on boards or stack of lumber. May be designated according to sorting equipment used as Racker.


Should I be a Lumber Sorter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Lumber Sorter, Machine

    How to become a Lumber Sorter

    Most Lumber Sorters 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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