Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
272,170 1.8 % $10.64 $22,130 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.00 $9.20 $9.51 $11.23 $14.18
Annual Wage (2) $18,710 $19,130 $19,770 $23,360 $29,490


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 217,200 65.66 $10.34 $21,520
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 14,130 4.33 $11.48 $23,890
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 11,600 7.39 $11.48 $23,880
Beverage Manufacturing 5,580 2.71 $12.51 $26,030
Employment Services 4,550 0.13 $10.94 $22,750

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 217,200 65.66 $10.34 $21,520
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 11,600 7.39 $11.48 $23,880
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 14,130 4.33 $11.48 $23,890
Beverage Manufacturing 5,580 2.71 $12.51 $26,030
Florists 980 1.51 $10.80 $22,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 140 0.08 $17.17 $35,710
Scientific Research and Development Services 440 0.07 $15.08 $31,380
Health and Personal Care Stores 650 0.06 $14.70 $30,570
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 50 0.11 $14.52 $30,200
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,490 0.03 $14.42 $30,000


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 178,130 11.49 5.82 $10.36 $21,550
Florida 14,650 1.85 0.94 $9.93 $20,650
Arizona 13,540 5.23 2.65 $9.17 $19,070
Washington 10,160 3.40 1.72 $13.07 $27,180
Texas 5,850 0.51 0.26 $9.54 $19,850



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 178,130 11.49 5.82 $10.36 $21,550
Arizona 13,540 5.23 2.65 $9.17 $19,070
Washington 10,160 3.40 1.72 $13.07 $27,180
Oregon 5,670 3.27 1.66 $11.17 $23,240
New Mexico 2,040 2.56 1.30 $9.64 $20,060



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 950 1.00 0.51 $15.67 $32,590
Illinois 2,670 0.46 0.23 $14.57 $30,310
Nevada 150 0.12 0.06 $14.34 $29,830
Delaware 70 0.17 0.08 $14.24 $29,630
Iowa 560 0.37 0.19 $13.73 $28,560




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, CA 36,930 125.14 63.40 $9.78 $20,350
Salinas, CA 28,420 175.87 89.10 $11.25 $23,400
Fresno, CA 23,070 67.73 34.32 $10.02 $20,850
Visalia-Porterville, CA 21,320 151.19 76.60 $10.22 $21,260
Yuma, AZ 9,620 156.57 79.33 $8.99 $18,710
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 8,860 48.89 24.77 $10.55 $21,940
El Centro, CA 7,660 139.50 70.68 $9.65 $20,070
Stockton-Lodi, CA 6,720 30.71 15.56 $9.83 $20,450
Modesto, CA 4,960 29.85 15.12 $10.85 $22,560
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,940 3.77 1.91 $10.00 $20,800



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 28,420 175.87 89.10 $11.25 $23,400
Yuma, AZ 9,620 156.57 79.33 $8.99 $18,710
Visalia-Porterville, CA 21,320 151.19 76.60 $10.22 $21,260
El Centro, CA 7,660 139.50 70.68 $9.65 $20,070
Bakersfield, CA 36,930 125.14 63.40 $9.78 $20,350
Madera, CA 4,030 102.21 51.78 $9.64 $20,060
Fresno, CA 23,070 67.73 34.32 $10.02 $20,850
Merced, CA 3,680 57.42 29.09 $9.87 $20,530
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 8,860 48.89 24.77 $10.55 $21,940
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 1,800 45.67 23.14 $9.87 $20,530