Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

45-2091 Agricultural Equipment Operators

Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.


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)
26,100 4.8 % $13.70 $28,490 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.63 $9.97 $12.94 $16.38 $20.07
Annual Wage (2) $17,950 $20,730 $26,910 $34,070 $41,750


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 16,180 4.89 $12.69 $26,390
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,950 1.48 $15.71 $32,670
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,470 1.94 $15.70 $32,660
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 320 0.07 $15.15 $31,510
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 320 0.01 $16.59 $34,510

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 16,180 4.89 $12.69 $26,390
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,470 1.94 $15.70 $32,660
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,950 1.48 $15.71 $32,670
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 210 0.57 $15.56 $32,370
Animal Food Manufacturing 230 0.43 $16.03 $33,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 40 0.06 $22.21 $46,200
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $19.19 $39,910
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 40 (7) $17.24 $35,850
Grain and Oilseed Milling 100 0.18 $16.87 $35,100
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $16.69 $34,710


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 7,050 0.47 2.41 $12.07 $25,100
Texas 2,380 0.21 1.10 $11.84 $24,620
Iowa 1,990 1.32 6.82 $16.91 $35,180
Illinois 1,030 0.18 0.92 $16.90 $35,150
Florida 1,010 0.13 0.69 $12.73 $26,470



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 1,990 1.32 6.82 $16.91 $35,180
Nebraska 960 1.02 5.26 $15.57 $32,380
North Dakota 410 0.94 4.86 $17.07 $35,510
Kansas 990 0.73 3.76 $14.86 $30,900
Idaho 440 0.70 3.63 $13.18 $27,400



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 130 0.01 0.08 $18.04 $37,530
Ohio 210 0.04 0.21 $17.91 $37,250
Mississippi 140 0.13 0.68 $17.32 $36,020
North Dakota 410 0.94 4.86 $17.07 $35,510
Iowa 1,990 1.32 6.82 $16.91 $35,180




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)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 920 3.10 16.05 $13.51 $28,100
Salinas, CA 370 2.35 12.15 $12.77 $26,560
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 350 1.47 7.62 $12.56 $26,120
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 300 7.85 40.62 $12.15 $25,270
Modesto, CA 280 1.76 9.13 $13.03 $27,090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 210 0.17 0.88 $11.70 $24,330
Yuma, AZ 150 2.58 13.38 $10.38 $21,590
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 150 1.69 8.73 $21.07 $43,830
Napa, CA 140 2.02 10.48 $13.23 $27,520
Kansas City, MO-KS 130 0.13 0.65 $15.32 $31,860



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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 300 7.85 40.62 $12.15 $25,270
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 920 3.10 16.05 $13.51 $28,100
Yuma, AZ 150 2.58 13.38 $10.38 $21,590
Salinas, CA 370 2.35 12.15 $12.77 $26,560
Napa, CA 140 2.02 10.48 $13.23 $27,520
Grand Forks, ND-MN 90 1.81 9.39 $16.21 $33,710
El Centro, CA 100 1.78 9.24 $11.79 $24,530
Modesto, CA 280 1.76 9.13 $13.03 $27,090
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 150 1.69 8.73 $21.07 $43,830
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 350 1.47 7.62 $12.56 $26,120



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)
Evansville, IN-KY 40 0.25 1.31 $25.73 $53,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.10 0.50 $25.15 $52,320
Greeley, CO 90 0.95 4.92 $21.87 $45,490
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 150 1.69 8.73 $21.07 $43,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.06 $20.23 $42,070
Ames, IA (8) (8) (8) $19.03 $39,580
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 70 0.39 2.02 $18.65 $38,800
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 30 0.06 0.31 $17.89 $37,220
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $17.37 $36,140
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN (8) (8) (8) $17.01 $35,370

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 800 2.05 10.60 $14.60 $30,370
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 600 4.06 21.01 $17.13 $35,640
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 520 3.32 17.18 $12.84 $26,700
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 360 1.21 6.27 $8.51 $17,710
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 330 1.47 7.61 $16.91 $35,180

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)
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 280 5.90 30.54 $16.60 $34,520
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 600 4.06 21.01 $17.13 $35,640
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 320 3.69 19.09 $16.49 $34,310
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 170 3.52 18.21 $11.49 $23,910
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 520 3.32 17.18 $12.84 $26,700

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)
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 2.26 11.70 $19.29 $40,120
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.39 $38,250
South Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.27 $38,000
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.64 3.31 $18.14 $37,730
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 180 0.98 5.09 $17.50 $36,390


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015