Pickle Pumper

Tend machines that automatically inject meats with curing solution.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pickle Pumpers do?

Tends machine that automatically injects meat with curing solution: Adjusts height of injection needles and width of conveyor guides, using wrenches. Turns valves to regulate flow and pressure of curing solution in pumping system. Starts machine and conveyor. Places meat on conveyor that pulls meat under machine injection needle which forces measured amount of curing solution into meat, and dumps treated piece into cart. Weighs meat before and after injection to ensure that specified amount of solution has been injected. May lift treated meat from conveyor, using handhook, and drop it into tank. May inject curing solution into meat, using hand pump, and be designated Pumper, Hand.


Should I be a Pickle Pumper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Fish Pickler, Pepper Pickler, Pickle-Water-Pump Operator

    How to become a Pickle Pumper

    Pickle Pumpers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Pickle Pumper-related education!
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