Milk Sampler

License required by 42 states

96th most burdensome licensing requirements.

31st most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Milk samplers collect milk samples from farms, dairy plants, and tank cars and trucks for laboratory analysis. They remove samples from bulk tanks, tankers or milking machines, using a dipper or pipette, and pour samples into sterile bottles. They weigh samples, label bottles with origin of sample, pack samples in dry ice, and transport samples to laboratory for bacteriological and butterfat content analysis. They also contact potential customers to explain the benefits of a testing program to sell milk-testing services and may assist customers in interpreting sample test results to maximize benefits to customers. They may also maintain individual milk production records for each cow in a customer’s herd.1

Forty-two states license milk samplers. While most states (33) require no education or experience, nine states require between one and two days of education or experience. (See Appendix B for details on education and experience requirements.) In contrast, almost all states (36) require one or two exams, while six states require none. Fees range from $0 in 11 states to $75 in California. On average, licensed states require aspiring milk samplers to pay $22 in fees and pass one exam—the 96th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. However, because the occupation is licensed by most states, it ranks as the 31st most widely and onerously licensed.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Indiana 42 $0 2 1 days 1 days 1 0 0
2 Kansas 42 $35 1 1 clock hours 1 days 1 0 0
3 Iowa 42 $20 1 1 days 2 0 16
4 Maryland 42 $50 1 1 days 1 0 0
5 Kentucky 42 $15 1 1 days 1 0 0
6 North Dakota 42 $10 1 1 days 1 0 0
7 Louisiana 42 $0 1 1 days 1 0 0
7 New Mexico 42 $0 1 1 days 1 0 0
7 Texas 42 $0 1 1 days 1 0 0
10 Oregon 42 $25 0 2 0 18
11 California 42 $75 0 2 0 0
12 Michigan 42 $50 0 2 0 0
13 Nebraska 42 $25 0 2 0 0
14 Wisconsin 42 $60 0 1 0 0
15 Colorado 42 $50 0 1 0 0
15 South Dakota 42 $50 0 1 0 0
15 Vermont 42 $50 0 1 0 0
18 Pennsylvania 42 $45 0 1 0 0
19 New Jersey 42 $0 0 2 0 0
20 Idaho 42 $25 0 1 0 0
20 Illinois 42 $25 0 1 0 0
20 Missouri 42 $25 0 1 0 0
20 Tennessee 42 $25 0 1 0 0
24 Connecticut 42 $20 0 1 0 0
24 Nevada 42 $20 0 1 0 0
26 Ohio 42 $15 0 1 0 0
27 Arizona 42 $50 0 0 0 0
27 Washington 42 $50 0 0 0 0
29 Arkansas 42 $10 0 1 0 0
29 West Virginia 42 $10 0 1 0 0
31 Delaware 42 $5 0 1 0 0
32 Montana 42 $5 0 1 0 0
32 North Carolina 42 $5 0 1 0 0
34 Utah 42 $40 0 0 0 0
35 Florida 42 $0 0 1 0 0
35 Georgia 42 $0 0 1 0 0
35 Mississippi 42 $0 0 1 0 0
35 South Carolina 42 $0 0 1 0 0
35 Virginia 42 $0 0 1 0 0
40 Massachusetts 42 $20 0 0 0 0
41 New Hampshire 42 $5 0 0 0 0
42 Maine 42 $0 0 0 0 0

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