Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

45-2093 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.


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)
33,530 2.8 % $12.58 $26,160 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.42 $9.39 $11.42 $14.77 $18.57
Annual Wage (2) $17,510 $19,540 $23,750 $30,720 $38,630


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 Animal Production 12,920 43.81 $12.83 $26,690
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,570 10.04 $11.35 $23,600
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,220 0.25 $13.50 $28,070
Support Activities for Crop Production 920 0.28 $12.39 $25,770
State Government (OES Designation) 850 0.04 $16.69 $34,710

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 Animal Production 12,920 43.81 $12.83 $26,690
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,570 10.04 $11.35 $23,600
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 400 0.76 $12.12 $25,210
Spectator Sports 530 0.38 $11.81 $24,550
Dairy Product Manufacturing 430 0.32 $12.13 $25,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $25.46 $52,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 270 0.01 $21.91 $45,560
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 60 0.01 $17.28 $35,930
State Government (OES Designation) 850 0.04 $16.69 $34,710
Elementary and Secondary Schools 60 (7) $16.66 $34,660


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)
Texas 4,290 0.37 1.52 $11.60 $24,120
California 2,620 0.17 0.70 $14.51 $30,170
Kentucky 1,860 1.01 4.16 $12.03 $25,020
Missouri 1,600 0.59 2.43 $12.05 $25,070
Pennsylvania 1,170 0.21 0.85 $13.56 $28,210



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)
Montana 750 1.68 6.92 $12.54 $26,090
Nebraska 1,080 1.14 4.67 $13.24 $27,530
Idaho 680 1.06 4.37 $12.99 $27,010
Kentucky 1,860 1.01 4.16 $12.03 $25,020
Kansas 1,170 0.86 3.52 $10.82 $22,510



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $17.54 $36,480
Hawaii 110 0.18 0.73 $16.37 $34,050
Vermont 80 0.27 1.11 $15.64 $32,530
Washington 960 0.32 1.32 $15.54 $32,310
New York 300 0.03 0.14 $15.11 $31,420




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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,200 4.56 18.76 $12.18 $25,330
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 800 0.27 1.13 $13.00 $27,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 510 0.21 0.87 $17.08 $35,520
St. Louis, MO-IL 440 0.33 1.36 $11.72 $24,390
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 350 0.35 1.43 $11.80 $24,550
Ocala, FL 350 3.68 15.11 $10.92 $22,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.08 0.34 $15.59 $32,430
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 330 0.34 1.41 $10.99 $22,860
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.38 $10.57 $21,990
Oklahoma City, OK 300 0.49 2.01 $11.36 $23,630



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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,200 4.56 18.76 $12.18 $25,330
Ocala, FL 350 3.68 15.11 $10.92 $22,710
Billings, MT 260 3.11 12.79 $12.00 $24,960
Harrisonburg, VA 160 2.66 10.95 $15.54 $32,320
Dothan, AL 110 1.98 8.12 $10.00 $20,800
Salisbury, MD-DE 260 1.71 7.05 $11.47 $23,860
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 140 1.60 6.56 $11.62 $24,170
College Station-Bryan, TX 140 1.35 5.55 $9.73 $20,240
Merced, CA 80 1.32 5.43 (8) (8)
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 60 1.26 5.17 $12.26 $25,490