Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
31,000 2.9 % $11.91 $24,760 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.09 $8.97 $10.89 $13.97 $17.65
Annual Wage (2) $16,820 $18,660 $22,650 $29,060 $36,710


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 12,410 44.75 $12.07 $25,110
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,350 9.93 $10.48 $21,790
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,400 0.29 $13.78 $28,660
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 1,030 0.09 $10.89 $22,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises 790 0.04 $10.45 $21,730

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 12,410 44.75 $12.07 $25,110
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,350 9.93 $10.48 $21,790
Animal Food Manufacturing 170 0.32 $12.06 $25,090
Spectator Sports 390 0.30 $10.53 $21,900
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,400 0.29 $13.78 $28,660

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) $24.20 $50,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 300 0.01 $21.31 $44,320
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 50 0.01 $16.26 $33,820
State Government (OES Designation) 790 0.04 $15.97 $33,210
Local Government (OES Designation) 240 (7) $14.68 $30,540


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 2,930 0.27 1.15 $11.63 $24,190
California 2,760 0.19 0.80 $12.98 $26,990
Kentucky 1,870 1.05 4.49 $10.57 $21,990
Missouri 1,800 0.68 2.92 $11.09 $23,070
Virginia 1,300 0.36 1.53 $11.96 $24,870




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 580 1.31 5.62 $11.39 $23,690
Kentucky 1,870 1.05 4.49 $10.57 $21,990
Nebraska 850 0.92 3.93 $11.51 $23,930
Idaho 510 0.82 3.53 $11.53 $23,970
Delaware 320 0.78 3.34 $15.01 $31,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 320 0.78 3.34 $15.01 $31,220
Wyoming 150 0.53 2.27 $14.91 $31,020
Washington 610 0.21 0.92 $14.88 $30,950
Connecticut 130 0.08 0.34 $14.81 $30,810
New York 210 0.02 0.10 $14.77 $30,730





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 1,220 4.87 20.84 $10.33 $21,490
St. Louis, MO-IL 890 0.69 2.95 $10.38 $21,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 460 0.19 0.83 $15.68 $32,620
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 400 0.31 1.32 $13.43 $27,940
Columbia, SC 380 1.10 4.70 $15.36 $31,950
Ocala, FL 350 3.82 16.35 $9.90 $20,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.37 $14.27 $29,680
Oklahoma City, OK 330 0.55 2.37 $8.71 $18,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 320 0.11 0.49 $14.98 $31,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 300 0.16 0.69 $12.56 $26,130




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 1,220 4.87 20.84 $10.33 $21,490
Ocala, FL 350 3.82 16.35 $9.90 $20,590
Harrisonburg, VA 200 3.43 14.66 $14.38 $29,900
Manhattan, KS 150 2.94 12.58 $10.67 $22,190
Merced, CA 130 2.07 8.85 $12.93 $26,890
Billings, MT 110 1.30 5.55 $10.75 $22,350
Lancaster, PA 270 1.23 5.25 $12.05 $25,060
Columbia, SC 380 1.10 4.70 $15.36 $31,950
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 180 0.86 3.67 $11.87 $24,680
Greeley, CO 70 0.85 3.65 $11.13 $23,150




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)
Salt Lake City, UT (8) (8) (8) $19.76 $41,110
Corpus Christi, TX (8) (8) (8) $18.12 $37,690
Visalia-Porterville, CA 60 0.45 1.91 $17.44 $36,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 0.43 $16.94 $35,230
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 70 0.38 1.61 $16.32 $33,940
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.12 0.51 $16.06 $33,410
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 70 0.12 0.53 $15.79 $32,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 460 0.19 0.83 $15.68 $32,620
Columbia, SC 380 1.10 4.70 $15.36 $31,950
State College, PA 40 0.68 2.90 $15.03 $31,270

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 540 1.40 5.99 $10.00 $20,790
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 420 2.87 12.29 $14.02 $29,160
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 410 2.84 12.15 $10.98 $22,840
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 310 1.89 8.10 $9.98 $20,750
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 300 2.17 9.28 $12.28 $25,550

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)
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 250 3.55 15.19 $16.18 $33,660
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 210 3.42 14.62 $12.72 $26,460
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 200 3.13 13.38 $10.89 $22,650
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 140 3.08 13.18 $11.28 $23,470
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 240 3.02 12.93 $10.22 $21,250

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.84 3.58 $17.63 $36,680
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.32 1.38 $16.82 $34,990
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.59 $34,500
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 250 3.55 15.19 $16.18 $33,660
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 1.04 4.44 $16.09 $33,470


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