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Cottage Cheese Maker Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$40,776 (USD)

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Last updated: June 20, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Cottage Cheese Maker is $40,776 a year and $20 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Cottage Cheese Maker is between $30,779 and $49,032. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Controls equipment to make cottage cheese from milk: washes cheese vat and tools with sterilizing solution and rinse water.
  • Turns valves and observes meters to convey specified amounts of milk and culture into vat.
  • May add rennet to coagulate milk, and dye to tint curd.
  • Turns steam and water valves and observes thermometer and clock to heat milk for specified time and at specified temperature to incubate culture.
  • Starts agitator in vat and stirs ingredients, using paddle.
  • Tests sample of whey for acidity and cuts curd with knife to allow seepage of whey.
  • Observes thermometer and adjusts steam and water valves to cook curd at slowly increasing temperature.
  • Feels and breaks sample of curd to determine when it is sufficiently cooked.
  • Turns cold water and drain valves or sprays curd with chlorinated water to wash curd and remove whey.
  • When making baker's cheese, drains uncooked whole curd from vat into porous bags to remove whey and dumps curd into blending machine to distribute residual moisture.
  • When making creamed cottage cheese, adds cream and stirs with paddle or starts agitator.
  • Records processing steps.
  • May taste cheese for salt and acid content.
  • May pasteurize milk.
  • May make culture.
Cottage Cheese Maker Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Job family population: 33,340

Estimated population of Cottage Cheese Maker jobs: 658

Rate of error: 4.3%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

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