Why Some People Are Paid To Break Eggs

Do you dream of having a career in the culinary world, but you don't know how to cook? Hey, not everyone can be Bobby Flay and grill burgers to perfection or go on Italian cooking excursions like Flay did with Giada De Laurentiis in "Bobby and Giada in Italy." In fact, we think the job of eating that yummy food is equally important! But, if you are not skilled when it comes to slicing and dicing or making a good roux, that does not mean there aren't other opportunities in the world of food for you.

Instead, think about the perfection you like when it comes to your ingredients or the final product. If you always insist that the bacon maker in your household follow Guy Fieri's bacon rule every time he or she makes the savory meat and are pretty particular about your scrambled eggs, then we have a job for you. While you won't have to make your own vanilla like Ina Garten, it does require that you have some egg-cellent skills, or at least take some enjoyment or satisfaction from cracking eggs. Yep, it might surprise you to learn that there is a career opportunity for you breaking eggs, but it gets better. You can get paid to do it!

Yes, egg breakers are really a thing

According to Culinary Careers, egg breakers are a real thing and are part of a group called "Egg Graders." MyMajors explains that these are the people who basically organize and categorize eggs by their size, weight, and color. Egg Breakers generally work for a big poultry company and plants that process a lot of eggs. Culinary Careers explains that said title describes the job description precisely. These professionals crack open eggs and separate the egg white from the yolk. They are looking for quality, meaning if something smells bad, it gets tossed. Those that pass inspection are then used in food products.

United Egg Producers shares that breaking plants are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and are subject to food and safety regulations just like other food processors. And according to Poultry World, the automated equipment used — no, you do not have to break them manually — allows the Egg Breaker to process 13,500 dozen eggs per hour. For the math impaired, that's 162,000 eggs being cracked open, separated, and inspected in an hour. So, how much does an Egg Breaker get paid? Per Comparably, if you are all about cracking open those white and brown egg shells, you could earn, on average, a little over $30,000 a year.