Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

45-2092 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Excludes "Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products" (45-2041) and "Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers" (45-4011 through 45-4029).


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)
261,720 1.5 % $9.65 $20,080 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.21 $8.51 $9.00 $9.91 $12.52
Annual Wage (2) $17,080 $17,700 $18,710 $20,610 $26,040


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 210,600 64.51 $9.27 $19,280
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 13,140 3.98 $10.98 $22,850
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 11,730 7.95 $10.85 $22,560
Beverage Manufacturing 4,120 2.24 $11.36 $23,630
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 2,870 0.39 $10.85 $22,570

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 210,600 64.51 $9.27 $19,280
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 11,730 7.95 $10.85 $22,560
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 13,140 3.98 $10.98 $22,850
Beverage Manufacturing 4,120 2.24 $11.36 $23,630
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 990 1.34 $11.15 $23,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Logging 80 0.15 $15.26 $31,740
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,520 0.03 $14.51 $30,180
General Freight Trucking (8) (8) $14.30 $29,750
State Government (OES Designation) 120 0.01 $13.79 $28,690
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 310 0.03 $13.52 $28,130


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 171,160 11.63 5.89 $9.22 $19,180
Florida 21,340 2.86 1.45 $9.69 $20,160
Arizona 10,670 4.31 2.18 $9.04 $18,800
Washington 6,310 2.23 1.13 $12.05 $25,070
Oregon 5,180 3.15 1.60 $9.91 $20,610




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)
California 171,160 11.63 5.89 $9.22 $19,180
Arizona 10,670 4.31 2.18 $9.04 $18,800
Idaho 1,940 3.17 1.61 $10.54 $21,930
Oregon 5,180 3.15 1.60 $9.91 $20,610
Florida 21,340 2.86 1.45 $9.69 $20,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 70 0.06 0.03 $16.19 $33,670
Vermont 100 0.34 0.17 $13.61 $28,320
North Dakota 240 0.57 0.29 $13.51 $28,100
Illinois 1,910 0.34 0.17 $12.99 $27,010
Iowa 990 0.66 0.34 $12.76 $26,530





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 36,590 126.83 64.25 $8.87 $18,460
Salinas, CA 26,700 172.01 87.14 $9.27 $19,290
Fresno, CA 24,870 77.29 39.15 $9.07 $18,860
Visalia-Porterville, CA 18,280 137.36 69.59 $9.45 $19,660
Yuma, AZ 8,530 144.79 73.35 $9.01 $18,730
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 6,860 39.73 20.13 $8.97 $18,670
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 6,180 158.67 80.38 $8.81 $18,330
Stockton, CA 6,170 30.42 15.41 $8.72 $18,140
Modesto, CA 5,860 37.11 18.80 $9.41 $19,580
El Centro, CA 5,680 109.33 55.39 $9.21 $19,170




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)
Salinas, CA 26,700 172.01 87.14 $9.27 $19,290
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 6,180 158.67 80.38 $8.81 $18,330
Yuma, AZ 8,530 144.79 73.35 $9.01 $18,730
Visalia-Porterville, CA 18,280 137.36 69.59 $9.45 $19,660
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 36,590 126.83 64.25 $8.87 $18,460
El Centro, CA 5,680 109.33 55.39 $9.21 $19,170
Fresno, CA 24,870 77.29 39.15 $9.07 $18,860
Merced, CA 3,570 58.49 29.63 $8.71 $18,120
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 6,860 39.73 20.13 $8.97 $18,670
Napa, CA 2,460 37.51 19.01 $11.62 $24,170