Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Work with agricultural and food scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; and assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Includes technicians who assist food scientists or technologists in the research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
16,890 3.6 % $16.89 $35,140 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.45 $12.58 $15.75 $20.09 $25.29
Annual Wage (2) $21,730 $26,170 $32,760 $41,790 $52,600


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,710 0.17 $17.36 $36,100
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,610 0.26 $17.53 $36,460
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,440 0.29 $14.16 $29,450
State Government (OES Designation) 1,220 0.05 $16.10 $33,490
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,000 0.77 $16.96 $35,280

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Animal Production 700 2.59 $15.33 $31,880
Grain and Oilseed Milling 540 0.94 $21.83 $45,410
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,000 0.77 $16.96 $35,280
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 400 0.59 $17.01 $35,380
Animal Food Manufacturing 290 0.57 $19.79 $41,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 540 0.94 $21.83 $45,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises 480 0.03 $21.23 $44,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 130 (7) $20.68 $43,010
Animal Food Manufacturing 290 0.57 $19.79 $41,160
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 40 0.03 $19.45 $40,460


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 2,860 0.28 2.14 $14.97 $31,150
California 2,210 0.16 1.19 $16.73 $34,800
Iowa 870 0.61 4.56 $15.02 $31,240
Ohio 750 0.15 1.15 $17.59 $36,600
Illinois 630 0.11 0.85 $20.27 $42,170




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 870 0.61 4.56 $15.02 $31,240
South Dakota 220 0.58 4.34 $13.39 $27,850
Idaho 320 0.53 4.02 $15.07 $31,350
North Dakota 150 0.43 3.26 $17.77 $36,950
Hawaii 240 0.42 3.12 $17.87 $37,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 250 0.07 0.50 $22.68 $47,170
New Mexico 30 0.04 0.32 $22.20 $46,180
Alabama 140 0.08 0.59 $20.43 $42,490
Pennsylvania 360 0.07 0.50 $20.29 $42,210
Illinois 630 0.11 0.85 $20.27 $42,170

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
College Station-Bryan, TX 480 5.24 39.39 $17.01 $35,380
Columbus, OH 460 0.52 3.91 $16.22 $33,740
Raleigh-Cary, NC 280 0.57 4.27 $17.20 $35,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 0.53 $16.02 $33,330
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 270 0.16 1.20 $16.40 $34,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 270 0.13 1.00 $16.24 $33,780
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 240 0.29 2.20 $15.63 $32,510
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 230 0.72 5.39 $17.65 $36,720
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.41 $19.19 $39,920
Baltimore-Towson, MD 190 0.15 1.14 $19.04 $39,590




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
College Station-Bryan, TX 480 5.24 39.39 $17.01 $35,380
Ames, IA 110 2.71 20.37 $18.03 $37,500
Ithaca, NY 120 2.35 17.69 (8) (8)
Lafayette, IN 180 2.28 17.13 $15.86 $32,990
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 50 1.43 10.74 $16.66 $34,660
Fargo, ND-MN 160 1.38 10.38 $15.90 $33,080
Waco, TX 120 1.24 9.34 $14.68 $30,540
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 120 1.22 9.18 $17.16 $35,690
Merced, CA 60 1.02 7.67 $16.67 $34,670
Amarillo, TX 90 0.83 6.21 $13.68 $28,450




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.05 0.37 $27.17 $56,500
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.11 $50,150
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 40 0.05 0.34 $23.53 $48,940
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.70 $22.65 $47,100
St. Louis, MO-IL 130 0.11 0.81 $21.92 $45,600
Denver-Aurora, CO 50 0.04 0.29 $21.39 $44,480
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 50 0.15 1.14 $20.88 $43,420
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.46 $20.56 $42,770
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 130 0.03 0.20 $20.21 $42,040
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.21 $20.02 $41,640

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 1.18 8.86 $12.39 $25,760
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 300 2.11 15.86 $12.40 $25,800
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 250 1.03 7.75 $11.83 $24,600
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 2.92 21.95 $13.66 $28,410
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.26 9.44 $15.09 $31,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 2.92 21.95 $13.66 $28,410
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 300 2.11 15.86 $12.40 $25,800
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.71 12.84 $18.98 $39,480
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 160 1.31 9.88 $13.05 $27,140
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 1.29 9.68 $20.43 $42,490

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.20 $54,490
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.71 5.33 $21.37 $44,460
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 1.29 9.68 $20.43 $42,490
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 1.71 12.84 $18.98 $39,480
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 5.30 $18.46 $38,410


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011