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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations (Major Group)

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations comprises the following occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers; Agricultural Inspectors; Animal Breeders; Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products; Agricultural Equipment Operators; Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse; Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals; Agricultural Workers, All Other; Forest and Conservation Workers; Fallers; Logging Equipment Operators; Log Graders and Scalers; Logging Workers, All Other


National estimates for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
Industry profile for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
Geographic profile for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

National estimates for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
478,770 1.2 % $ 16.02 $ 33,310 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.58 $ 13.02 $ 14.27 $ 17.28 $ 23.53
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,090 $ 27,070 $ 29,670 $ 35,950 $ 48,950


Industry profile for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 274,920 78.46 $ 14.83 $ 30,840
Logging 29,140 61.01 $ 22.65 $ 47,110
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 21,710 4.05 $ 16.19 $ 33,670
Support Activities for Animal Production 15,640 49.23 $ 16.10 $ 33,500
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 12,630 7.65 $ 15.07 $ 31,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 274,920 78.46 $ 14.83 $ 30,840
Logging 29,140 61.01 $ 22.65 $ 47,110
Support Activities for Animal Production 15,640 49.23 $ 16.10 $ 33,500
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 12,320 17.91 $ 14.85 $ 30,900
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 12,630 7.65 $ 15.07 $ 31,350

Top paying industries for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $ 29.24 $ 60,830
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 40 0.04 $ 26.21 $ 54,520
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 50 0.10 $ 24.30 $ 50,550
Land Subdivision 80 0.23 $ 22.97 $ 47,770
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 5,230 0.25 $ 22.79 $ 47,410


Geographic profile for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 230,420 14.02 4.07 $ 15.22 $ 31,650
Washington 24,300 7.61 2.21 $ 17.78 $ 36,980
Texas 23,300 1.92 0.56 $ 14.79 $ 30,750
Florida 16,450 1.95 0.57 $ 15.22 $ 31,660
Oregon 14,350 7.94 2.31 $ 17.49 $ 36,380




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 230,420 14.02 4.07 $ 15.22 $ 31,650
Idaho 5,730 7.97 2.32 $ 16.19 $ 33,670
Oregon 14,350 7.94 2.31 $ 17.49 $ 36,380
Washington 24,300 7.61 2.21 $ 17.78 $ 36,980
Arkansas 5,560 4.72 1.37 $ 17.01 $ 35,390




Top paying states for Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 550 1.85 0.54 $ 24.31 $ 50,560
District of Columbia 260 0.39 0.11 $ 23.37 $ 48,620
Hawaii 1,490 2.60 0.76 $ 20.70 $ 43,060
Maine 1,660 2.88 0.84 $ 19.99 $ 41,570
Vermont 750 2.67 0.78 $ 19.35 $ 40,250





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bakersfield, CA 40,130 131.41 38.18 $ 14.09 $ 29,310
Salinas, CA 35,350 206.16 59.90 $ 15.92 $ 33,110
Fresno, CA 26,590 70.67 20.53 $ 14.28 $ 29,700
Visalia-Porterville, CA 23,080 155.29 45.12 $ 14.67 $ 30,510
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 10,960 60.02 17.44 $ 14.90 $ 31,000
Stockton-Lodi, CA 9,870 39.81 11.57 $ 15.08 $ 31,360
Madera, CA 7,710 167.75 48.74 $ 14.29 $ 29,720
Modesto, CA 7,630 42.51 12.35 $ 14.88 $ 30,960
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 7,610 5.11 1.48 $ 15.14 $ 31,480
Yuma, AZ 7,160 118.12 34.32 $ 14.78 $ 30,740




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salinas, CA 35,350 206.16 59.90 $ 15.92 $ 33,110
Madera, CA 7,710 167.75 48.74 $ 14.29 $ 29,720
Visalia-Porterville, CA 23,080 155.29 45.12 $ 14.67 $ 30,510
Bakersfield, CA 40,130 131.41 38.18 $ 14.09 $ 29,310
Yuma, AZ 7,160 118.12 34.32 $ 14.78 $ 30,740
El Centro, CA 6,270 109.26 31.74 $ 15.66 $ 32,570
Wenatchee, WA 3,740 82.96 24.10 $ 15.78 $ 32,830
Merced, CA 5,770 80.79 23.47 $ 15.04 $ 31,280
Yakima, WA 6,900 76.47 22.22 $ 15.83 $ 32,920
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 3,200 74.88 21.76 $ 14.84 $ 30,860