Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
35,290 3.6 % $11.18 $23,260 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.67 $9.25 $10.14 $12.15 $15.38
Annual Wage (2) $18,040 $19,230 $21,100 $25,260 $32,000


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 11,360 3.44 $10.40 $21,630
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 5,330 1.10 $11.35 $23,610
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 4,450 2.70 $11.32 $23,540
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 3,590 0.49 $11.14 $23,170
Grocery Stores 1,690 0.06 $10.71 $22,290

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 11,360 3.44 $10.40 $21,630
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 4,450 2.70 $11.32 $23,540
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,600 2.12 $13.29 $27,650
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 490 1.47 $12.67 $26,360
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 5,330 1.10 $11.35 $23,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 40 0.05 $16.56 $34,440
State Government (OES Designation) 170 0.01 $15.44 $32,110
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $15.08 $31,360
Grain and Oilseed Milling 290 0.48 $14.56 $30,290
Warehousing and Storage 200 0.03 $13.36 $27,790


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 8,870 0.57 2.24 $10.21 $21,230
Washington 2,640 0.88 3.45 $13.60 $28,290
Oregon 2,340 1.35 5.27 $10.84 $22,560
Florida 2,270 0.29 1.12 $9.21 $19,160
Texas 2,150 0.19 0.73 $11.10 $23,080



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 1,280 1.99 7.79 $9.77 $20,320
Oregon 2,340 1.35 5.27 $10.84 $22,560
South Dakota 460 1.12 4.39 $12.62 $26,250
Vermont 310 1.04 4.04 $11.70 $24,330
Arkansas 1,140 0.97 3.78 $11.10 $23,080



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 100 0.04 0.15 $17.95 $37,330
Kansas 470 0.34 1.35 $15.04 $31,270
Minnesota 150 0.05 0.21 $14.84 $30,860
North Dakota 230 0.50 1.97 $14.50 $30,160
Nebraska 140 0.15 0.58 $14.47 $30,090




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)
Fresno, CA 1,670 4.89 19.11 $9.76 $20,300
Visalia-Porterville, CA 1,410 10.02 39.16 $10.22 $21,250
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.28 1.11 $10.69 $22,240
Modesto, CA 920 5.50 21.51 $9.70 $20,180
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 670 0.61 2.39 $10.89 $22,650
Merced, CA 610 9.56 37.37 $9.87 $20,530
Kennewick-Richland, WA 610 5.92 23.14 $14.43 $30,010
Bakersfield, CA 600 2.04 7.98 $10.60 $22,040
Wenatchee, WA 510 12.15 47.48 $12.84 $26,710
Yakima, WA 500 5.85 22.86 $13.22 $27,500



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)
Wenatchee, WA 510 12.15 47.48 $12.84 $26,710
Visalia-Porterville, CA 1,410 10.02 39.16 $10.22 $21,250
Merced, CA 610 9.56 37.37 $9.87 $20,530
Idaho Falls, ID 450 7.56 29.54 $8.50 $17,680
Kennewick-Richland, WA 610 5.92 23.14 $14.43 $30,010
Yakima, WA 500 5.85 22.86 $13.22 $27,500
Modesto, CA 920 5.50 21.51 $9.70 $20,180
Fresno, CA 1,670 4.89 19.11 $9.76 $20,300
Madera, CA 150 3.78 14.76 $9.71 $20,190
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 180 3.02 11.79 $10.34 $21,500



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)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 80 0.06 0.23 $18.62 $38,740
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 120 0.21 0.82 $17.28 $35,940
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $16.56 $34,450
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $15.18 $31,570
Kennewick-Richland, WA 610 5.92 23.14 $14.43 $30,010
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 150 0.17 0.68 $14.15 $29,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $13.99 $29,090
Sioux Falls, SD 40 0.29 1.12 $13.55 $28,190
Yakima, WA 500 5.85 22.86 $13.22 $27,500
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 60 0.13 0.51 $13.21 $27,480

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 Idaho nonmetropolitan area 530 11.51 44.96 $8.96 $18,650
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 250 4.34 16.97 $10.38 $21,590
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.83 7.15 $12.78 $26,590
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 230 3.06 11.97 $13.14 $27,330
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 230 2.33 9.11 $12.15 $25,280

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 530 11.51 44.96 $8.96 $18,650
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 210 6.55 25.58 $11.19 $23,280
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 250 4.34 16.97 $10.38 $21,590
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 3.99 15.58 $13.71 $28,510
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 3.17 12.39 $15.20 $31,610

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)
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 1.02 $15.76 $32,780
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 3.17 12.39 $15.20 $31,610
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 160 2.01 7.87 $14.45 $30,050
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.20 $29,540
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.07 $29,270


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