Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

45-2041 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition. Excludes "Agricultural Inspectors" (45-2011).


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)
39,060 3.6 % $10.04 $20,870 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.15 $8.62 $9.21 $10.90 $13.37
Annual Wage (2) $16,950 $17,930 $19,150 $22,670 $27,810


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)
Support Activities for Crop Production 16,140 5.08 $9.51 $19,780
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,310 0.74 $9.45 $19,660
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 3,960 2.37 $10.13 $21,070
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 3,120 0.64 $10.90 $22,680
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,580 2.12 $11.70 $24,330

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 Crop Production 16,140 5.08 $9.51 $19,780
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 3,960 2.37 $10.13 $21,070
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,580 2.12 $11.70 $24,330
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 470 1.37 $9.42 $19,590
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,310 0.74 $9.45 $19,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 100 0.01 $18.78 $39,070
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 40 0.04 $14.67 $30,510
State Government (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $14.42 $29,990
Grain and Oilseed Milling 130 0.22 $13.52 $28,110
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,420 0.07 $12.71 $26,430


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)
California 12,690 0.89 2.96 $9.37 $19,500
Washington 4,020 1.45 4.85 $11.11 $23,100
Florida 3,630 0.50 1.66 $8.73 $18,150
Texas 2,310 0.22 0.73 $9.54 $19,840
Oregon 2,140 1.33 4.43 $9.91 $20,620




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)
Idaho 1,580 2.64 8.79 $8.89 $18,500
Washington 4,020 1.45 4.85 $11.11 $23,100
Oregon 2,140 1.33 4.43 $9.91 $20,620
South Dakota 430 1.09 3.62 $11.98 $24,930
Vermont 280 0.95 3.16 $10.72 $22,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 140 0.05 0.18 $16.19 $33,670
Ohio 210 0.04 0.14 $14.72 $30,620
North Dakota 240 0.60 2.02 $14.55 $30,260
Maryland 40 0.02 0.05 $13.17 $27,400
Kansas 180 0.13 0.44 $13.03 $27,110





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)
Stockton, CA 1,600 8.20 27.35 $9.09 $18,910
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,600 5.83 19.44 $8.66 $18,010
Visalia-Porterville, CA 1,560 11.92 39.74 $9.21 $19,150
Yakima, WA 1,410 17.68 58.97 $12.43 $25,860
Fresno, CA 1,300 4.14 13.80 $9.47 $19,690
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 790 0.70 2.35 $8.67 $18,020
Salinas, CA 780 5.03 16.76 $10.07 $20,940
Merced, CA 740 12.36 41.22 $10.05 $20,890
Modesto, CA 640 4.19 13.97 $8.86 $18,430
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 610 2.68 8.93 $8.08 $16,810




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)
Yakima, WA 1,410 17.68 58.97 $12.43 $25,860
Merced, CA 740 12.36 41.22 $10.05 $20,890
Visalia-Porterville, CA 1,560 11.92 39.74 $9.21 $19,150
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 440 11.52 38.41 $10.17 $21,150
Idaho Falls, ID 430 8.73 29.11 $8.08 $16,810
Stockton, CA 1,600 8.20 27.35 $9.09 $18,910
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,600 5.83 19.44 $8.66 $18,010
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 540 5.23 17.46 $11.21 $23,310
Salinas, CA 780 5.03 16.76 $10.07 $20,940
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 480 4.89 16.30 $9.64 $20,050




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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 100 0.19 0.63 $16.69 $34,720
Toledo, OH (8) (8) (8) $16.20 $33,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $15.88 $33,020
Fargo, ND-MN 40 0.32 1.07 $14.58 $30,330
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $14.21 $29,550
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $13.83 $28,760
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 40 0.58 1.93 $12.45 $25,890
Yakima, WA 1,410 17.68 58.97 $12.43 $25,860
Sioux Falls, SD 30 0.24 0.80 $12.23 $25,450
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 320 0.53 1.78 $11.78 $24,490

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)
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 1,090 16.63 55.45 $9.77 $20,320
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 1,040 16.54 55.16 $10.30 $21,430
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 810 16.22 54.11 $8.26 $17,190
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 360 4.54 15.13 $13.15 $27,360
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 270 2.15 7.17 $11.22 $23,350

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)
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 1,090 16.63 55.45 $9.77 $20,320
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 1,040 16.54 55.16 $10.30 $21,430
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 810 16.22 54.11 $8.26 $17,190
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 5.75 19.18 $13.65 $28,390
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 360 4.54 15.13 $13.15 $27,360

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.73 $32,730
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.97 $31,150
East Central North Dakota (8) (8) (8) $14.85 $30,890
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.57 $14.36 $29,870
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.32 $29,780


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013