Still Machine Setter, Dairy Equipment Licensing

States Licensed


of 50 states and D.C.


Burden Rank


for average burdens 1st is worst


Combined Rank


for states licensed x average burdens 1st is worst

Change from 2017 to 2022, if any:
Burden increased
Burden decreased
Mixed burden change
New license
Eliminated license
2022 Licensing Burden Rank
Lower Burden Rank
Higher Burden Rank
No state license

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Still machine setters set up, operate or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort or separate liquids, gases or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Within this category, this report looks at dairy processing equipment operators only.

2022 Snapshot

  • 47 unlicensed states
  • Days lost are 0 in all states
  • Fees range from $50 (Oregon, Washington) to $100 (California, Utah)
  • 3 states require 1+ exam
  • 1 state sets minimum age
  • 0 states set minimum grade

Changes Since 2017

  • No licenses created or removed
  • Utah increased fees and exams
  • Burden rank worsened 2 spots because of large burden reductions in other occupations; combined rank stayed the same, largely because the occupation is licensed by only 4 states

2022 Licensing Burden in Detail

N New License
E Eliminated License

Data Notes: 2022 data collected between February 3, 2020, and March 18, 2022. Fees include charges for application review and license issuance; exams; background checks, credit reports and fingerprinting; recovery fund contributions; third-party certification; and certain fees for training courses. Calendar days lost were estimated based on required education and experience; except for amounts smaller than one day, days lost are rounded to whole days and thus may not reflect very small changes between 2017 and 2022. Appendix A details methods for estimating days lost and calculating burden ranks. Complete data, including revised 2017 data, are available at

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