Sawmill Worker

Prepare logs for cutting into lumber and storing cut lumber in sawmill.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sawmill Workers do?

Performs any combination of following duties in preparing logs for cutting into lumber and storing cut lumber in sawmill: Unloads logs from trucks or cars. Rolls logs onto sawmill deck. Examines logs for defects, such as embedded pieces of iron or stone, decayed wood from splits, and marks defects for removal by other workers. Rolls logs from deck onto log or carriage. Rides log carriage of head saw and adjusts position of logs on carriage to cut planks of required thickness. Sorts and guides planks emerging from saw onto roller tables or conveyors for trimming edges. Straightens lumber on moving conveyors. Straightens edges of rough lumber, using saw. Operates and maintains donkey engines. Sharpens and adjusts teeth of woodworking saws. Tends fires in donkey engine. May relieve designated workers engaged in preparing or cutting logs into lumber and be designated Sawmill-Relief Worker.


Should I be a Sawmill Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • 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: Sawmill Hand, Sawmill-Relief Worker

    How to become a Sawmill Worker

    Most Sawmill Workers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2889%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,89,89
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