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Smoker Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$39,663 (USD)

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Last updated: May 24, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Smoker is $39,663 a year and $19 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Smoker is between $30,020 and $47,613. 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 battery of smoke chambers in which meats, such as bacon, hams, meat loaf, sausage, shoulders, and wieners are cooked and cured: loads racks and cages, suspended from overhead conveyor, with meat products and filled molds, and pushes racks into smokehouse for cooking and curing.
  • Shovels sawdust into hopper of smoker and lights burner to ignite sawdust.
  • Starts electric blower to admit air and blow smoke into curing chambers.
  • Observes gauges, turns steam valves, and adjusts ventilators and dampers to regulate temperature, humidity, and density of smoke to control cooking and curing process.
  • Inspects meat for color, feels meat for firmness, and inserts thermometer into meat to ascertain progress of cooking and curing.
  • Opens water valve to spray and chill meat.
  • Removes cooked and cured meat and empties molds.
  • Places meat loaves on racks and returns them to smokehouse for further smoking and drying.
  • Pushes racks of cured meat to chill room.
  • May stuff meat loaves into plastic casings, using horn (funnel-shaped tube).
  • May record weight and amount of meat cured.
  • May steam-clean smoke chambers and heating coils, and remove ash.
Smoker Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

Job family population: 21,130

Estimated population of Smoker jobs: 1,025

Rate of error: 3.3%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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About Chicago, Illinois

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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 2,716,450 (2017), 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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