Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
22,650 4.6 % $13.34 $27,740 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.54 $9.81 $12.58 $15.90 $18.93
Annual Wage (2) $17,760 $20,400 $26,170 $33,060 $39,370


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 12,920 3.96 $12.18 $25,330
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,790 1.45 $15.37 $31,970
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,590 2.15 $14.63 $30,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 310 0.05 $15.32 $31,870
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 270 0.18 $16.05 $33,390

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 12,920 3.96 $12.18 $25,330
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,590 2.15 $14.63 $30,430
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,790 1.45 $15.37 $31,970
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 220 0.59 $14.90 $31,000
Support Activities for Animal Production 120 0.43 $11.98 $24,920

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 $22.44 $46,670
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $17.91 $37,250
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 270 0.18 $16.05 $33,390
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 70 0.04 $16.00 $33,280
Warehousing and Storage 140 0.02 $15.80 $32,870


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 5,860 0.40 2.33 $11.57 $24,060
Iowa 2,070 1.39 8.13 $15.73 $32,710
Texas 1,710 0.16 0.92 $11.13 $23,150
Kansas 1,240 0.92 5.41 $14.17 $29,460
Nebraska 820 0.89 5.20 $15.29 $31,800




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 2,070 1.39 8.13 $15.73 $32,710
North Dakota 440 1.05 6.14 $16.38 $34,060
Kansas 1,240 0.92 5.41 $14.17 $29,460
Nebraska 820 0.89 5.20 $15.29 $31,800
Idaho 410 0.67 3.92 $13.21 $27,470




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 130 0.03 0.15 $18.26 $37,980
Colorado 260 0.11 0.67 $17.22 $35,820
Illinois 820 0.14 0.84 $17.15 $35,670
North Dakota 440 1.05 6.14 $16.38 $34,060
Massachusetts 30 0.01 0.05 $16.30 $33,910





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 1,020 3.16 18.52 $9.26 $19,260
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 610 2.10 12.29 $11.13 $23,140
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 350 0.29 1.70 $11.39 $23,690
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 330 8.88 51.98 $11.78 $24,500
Salinas, CA 320 2.03 11.89 $13.29 $27,640
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 240 2.47 14.48 $14.09 $29,300
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 210 1.02 5.96 $13.66 $28,410
Yakima, WA 210 2.55 14.94 $13.05 $27,140
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 190 0.82 4.81 $12.89 $26,820
Kansas City, MO-KS 170 0.17 1.02 $14.32 $29,790




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 330 8.88 51.98 $11.78 $24,500
Fresno, CA 1,020 3.16 18.52 $9.26 $19,260
Yakima, WA 210 2.55 14.94 $13.05 $27,140
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 240 2.47 14.48 $14.09 $29,300
Yuma, AZ 130 2.27 13.30 $10.92 $22,720
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 610 2.10 12.29 $11.13 $23,140
Salinas, CA 320 2.03 11.89 $13.29 $27,640
Grand Forks, ND-MN 90 1.79 10.47 $16.74 $34,810
Napa, CA 110 1.61 9.44 $13.65 $28,380
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 130 1.45 8.51 $20.24 $42,100




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 50 0.31 1.83 $26.31 $54,720
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 0.11 0.66 $26.03 $54,140
Greeley, CO 40 0.43 2.49 $25.24 $52,500
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 130 1.45 8.51 $20.24 $42,100
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 70 0.39 2.26 $18.39 $38,250
Ames, IA 40 0.96 5.65 $17.82 $37,060
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 170 0.16 0.96 $17.30 $35,980
Boise City-Nampa, ID (8) (8) (8) $16.91 $35,180
Grand Forks, ND-MN 90 1.79 10.47 $16.74 $34,810
Springfield, IL 70 0.64 3.75 $16.62 $34,570

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 870 2.24 13.09 $13.70 $28,490
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 540 2.11 12.37 $10.87 $22,620
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 510 3.49 20.45 $15.61 $32,470
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 450 2.94 17.19 $12.34 $25,660
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 410 1.82 10.64 $16.27 $33,850

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 240 4.96 29.01 $16.00 $33,270
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 180 3.75 21.96 $11.37 $23,660
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 370 3.67 21.50 $14.88 $30,950
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 510 3.49 20.45 $15.61 $32,470
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 290 3.38 19.81 $15.05 $31,300

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 230 1.28 7.49 $17.84 $37,110
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 3.10 18.16 $17.45 $36,300
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.40 8.17 $17.15 $35,680
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.08 12.20 $17.06 $35,490
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.52 3.04 $16.93 $35,220


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