Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
20,260 2.8 % $18.75 $39,000 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.27 $13.97 $17.54 $22.21 $28.01
Annual Wage (2) $23,450 $29,050 $36,480 $46,200 $58,270


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 4,920 0.17 $18.86 $39,230
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,440 0.38 $18.61 $38,710
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,650 1.21 $19.71 $41,000
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,120 0.68 $17.84 $37,110
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 970 0.20 $15.76 $32,780

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 790 2.67 $16.76 $34,860
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,650 1.21 $19.71 $41,000
Animal Food Manufacturing 410 0.74 $19.77 $41,120
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,120 0.68 $17.84 $37,110
Grain and Oilseed Milling 410 0.68 $18.49 $38,450

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 160 0.02 $23.52 $48,930
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 570 0.18 $22.62 $47,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises 640 0.03 $22.36 $46,500
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $21.52 $44,770
Beverage Manufacturing 490 0.24 $21.12 $43,930


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 2,800 0.18 1.23 $20.07 $41,740
Texas 1,700 0.15 1.00 $16.20 $33,690
Minnesota 1,420 0.51 3.50 $19.37 $40,290
Wisconsin 1,070 0.39 2.63 $18.69 $38,870
Iowa 1,010 0.66 4.52 $16.77 $34,880



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)
Nebraska 660 0.70 4.74 $18.00 $37,450
Idaho 430 0.67 4.54 $16.60 $34,530
Iowa 1,010 0.66 4.52 $16.77 $34,880
South Dakota 230 0.55 3.74 $13.61 $28,300
Minnesota 1,420 0.51 3.50 $19.37 $40,290



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 140 0.18 1.21 $24.68 $51,330
New York 740 0.08 0.56 $24.57 $51,100
New Jersey 190 0.05 0.33 $24.34 $50,630
Alabama 130 0.07 0.47 $22.67 $47,160
Maryland 230 0.09 0.60 $22.64 $47,090




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 670 0.36 2.42 $20.67 $42,990
Ithaca, NY 540 10.96 74.61 (8) (8)
College Station-Bryan, TX 490 4.85 33.01 $14.68 $30,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.10 0.67 $20.06 $41,720
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 0.69 $19.25 $40,040
St. Louis, MO-IL 360 0.27 1.86 $20.83 $43,320
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 350 0.14 0.96 $17.91 $37,250
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.31 2.08 (8) (8)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 290 0.13 0.86 $16.45 $34,210
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 270 0.25 1.72 $20.54 $42,710



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)
Ithaca, NY 540 10.96 74.61 (8) (8)
Ames, IA 230 5.39 36.69 $19.25 $40,040
College Station-Bryan, TX 490 4.85 33.01 $14.68 $30,540
Corvallis, OR 130 3.70 25.15 $23.48 $48,840
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 100 2.62 17.85 $21.59 $44,900
Lincoln, NE 250 1.46 9.97 $14.96 $31,120
Manhattan, KS 50 1.37 9.34 (8) (8)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 110 1.32 8.99 $19.11 $39,750
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 70 1.31 8.93 $16.76 $34,870
Champaign-Urbana, IL 120 1.18 8.04 $24.12 $50,160



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)
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.89 $62,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.27 $26.63 $55,400
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.78 $53,630
Champaign-Urbana, IL 120 1.18 8.04 $24.12 $50,160
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.11 0.78 $23.73 $49,350
Corvallis, OR 130 3.70 25.15 $23.48 $48,840
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.02 0.17 $23.43 $48,730
Napa, CA 70 0.99 6.75 $23.35 $48,570
Santa Rosa, CA 90 0.50 3.37 $22.26 $46,310
Rochester, NY 40 0.07 0.48 $21.92 $45,590

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.53 10.44 $18.10 $37,640
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 210 1.70 11.54 $17.24 $35,860
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 210 1.96 13.35 $17.94 $37,310
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 0.91 6.22 $16.08 $33,450
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 0.80 5.48 $17.12 $35,600

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)
Southeast Idaho nonmetropolitan area 120 2.71 18.44 $16.89 $35,140
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 210 1.96 13.35 $17.94 $37,310
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.91 13.02 $19.97 $41,540
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 120 1.82 12.39 $18.67 $38,840
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 210 1.70 11.54 $17.24 $35,860

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)
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 1.08 7.33 $20.87 $43,410
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.55 3.77 $20.58 $42,800
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.20 8.18 $20.29 $42,200
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.91 13.02 $19.97 $41,540
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.02 6.95 $19.42 $40,380


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016