Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
19,390 3.1 % $17.79 $37,010 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.99 $13.35 $16.72 $20.92 $25.81
Annual Wage (2) $22,860 $27,770 $34,790 $43,510 $53,680


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 3,800 0.13 $17.84 $37,100
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,320 0.37 $18.14 $37,720
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,610 1.21 $18.70 $38,890
State Government (OES Designation) 1,280 0.06 $15.97 $33,210
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,170 0.70 $17.16 $35,680

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 780 2.81 $15.32 $31,860
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,610 1.21 $18.70 $38,890
Grain and Oilseed Milling 590 0.99 $19.51 $40,580
Animal Food Manufacturing 380 0.71 $19.68 $40,930
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,170 0.70 $17.16 $35,680

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 140 0.02 $24.24 $50,420
Management of Companies and Enterprises 710 0.03 $23.35 $48,560
Local Government (OES Designation) 130 (7) $19.69 $40,940
Animal Food Manufacturing 380 0.71 $19.68 $40,930
Grain and Oilseed Milling 590 0.99 $19.51 $40,580


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 3,100 0.21 1.44 $16.54 $34,390
Iowa 1,330 0.89 6.10 $15.94 $33,150
Texas 1,180 0.11 0.74 $15.86 $32,980
Minnesota 1,110 0.41 2.82 $18.77 $39,050
Missouri 1,080 0.41 2.79 $21.35 $44,410




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 1,330 0.89 6.10 $15.94 $33,150
Idaho 420 0.68 4.66 $16.19 $33,680
South Dakota 210 0.53 3.62 $13.75 $28,600
Arkansas 500 0.43 2.96 $16.09 $33,460
Missouri 1,080 0.41 2.79 $21.35 $44,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 40 0.14 0.94 $22.24 $46,260
New Jersey 190 0.05 0.34 $21.75 $45,240
Massachusetts 190 0.06 0.40 $21.60 $44,940
Colorado 90 0.04 0.26 $21.59 $44,900
Alabama 110 0.06 0.40 $21.38 $44,470





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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 640 0.36 2.45 $20.06 $41,720
St. Louis, MO-IL 550 0.42 2.89 $24.45 $50,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.14 0.94 $15.25 $31,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.68 $20.99 $43,660
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 360 0.43 2.93 $15.20 $31,620
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 290 0.24 1.65 $14.30 $29,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.18 1.22 $16.67 $34,670
Ames, IA 230 5.64 38.60 $18.59 $38,660
Kansas City, MO-KS 230 0.23 1.58 $18.28 $38,010
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 220 0.67 4.61 $15.38 $31,980




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)
Ames, IA 230 5.64 38.60 $18.59 $38,660
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 170 4.61 31.54 $18.52 $38,520
Manhattan, KS 90 1.88 12.82 $19.08 $39,680
Lubbock, TX 220 1.70 11.65 $13.50 $28,080
Idaho Falls, ID 70 1.34 9.16 $15.98 $33,240
Fargo, ND-MN 150 1.19 8.12 $15.05 $31,300
Wausau, WI 70 1.10 7.53 $15.14 $31,490
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 220 1.03 7.07 $15.30 $31,820
Gainesville, GA 70 1.00 6.83 $16.53 $34,370
Green Bay, WI 160 0.97 6.62 $15.78 $32,810




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)
Dayton, OH 130 0.35 2.37 $27.63 $57,470
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 70 0.66 4.54 $25.22 $52,460
St. Louis, MO-IL 550 0.42 2.89 $24.45 $50,860
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.06 0.38 $24.05 $50,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 190 0.08 0.56 $22.84 $47,510
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.01 0.08 $22.49 $46,780
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.27 $21.77 $45,280
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 130 0.16 1.07 $21.53 $44,780
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 40 0.36 2.49 $21.36 $44,430
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 170 0.09 0.62 $21.32 $44,340

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 190 0.89 6.08 $16.18 $33,650
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.28 8.78 $15.11 $31,440
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.24 8.51 $16.63 $34,600
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 1.68 11.50 $13.86 $28,830
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.21 8.27 $12.97 $26,980

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 1.69 11.56 $13.83 $28,780
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 1.68 11.50 $13.86 $28,830
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 120 1.68 11.47 $17.87 $37,180
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.28 8.78 $15.11 $31,440
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.24 8.51 $16.63 $34,600

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 3.22 $21.08 $43,840
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.43 2.91 $19.59 $40,750
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 3.63 $19.57 $40,710
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.80 $18.87 $39,250
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.82 $39,150


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014