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

45-2091 Agricultural Equipment Operators

Drive and control equipment to support agricultural activities such as tilling soil; planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops; feeding and herding livestock; or removing animal waste. May perform tasks such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.


National estimates for Agricultural Equipment Operators
Industry profile for Agricultural Equipment Operators
Geographic profile for Agricultural Equipment Operators

National estimates for Agricultural Equipment Operators: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
29,220 4.4 % $ 16.38 $ 34,070 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.51 $ 13.39 $ 15.75 $ 18.91 $ 23.02
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,860 $ 27,850 $ 32,750 $ 39,340 $ 47,890


Industry profile for Agricultural Equipment Operators: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Agricultural Equipment Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Agricultural Equipment Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 17,480 4.99 $ 15.61 $ 32,460
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 5,660 1.06 $ 18.29 $ 38,040
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 2,060 3.00 $ 17.53 $ 36,460
Employment Services 380 0.01 $ 16.38 $ 34,060
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 380 0.04 $ 16.03 $ 33,340

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 17,480 4.99 $ 15.61 $ 32,460
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 2,060 3.00 $ 17.53 $ 36,460
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 5,660 1.06 $ 18.29 $ 38,040
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 290 0.40 $ 12.75 $ 26,510
Support Activities for Animal Production 110 0.36 $ 17.56 $ 36,520

Top paying industries for Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Real Estate (8) (8) $ 22.95 $ 47,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 30 (7) $ 21.59 $ 44,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 150 (7) $ 18.62 $ 38,720
Beverage Manufacturing 70 0.03 $ 18.60 $ 38,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises 140 0.01 $ 18.55 $ 38,590


Geographic profile for Agricultural Equipment Operators: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Agricultural Equipment Operators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Agricultural Equipment Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Agricultural Equipment Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,060 0.43 2.04 $ 16.55 $ 34,420
Texas 3,200 0.26 1.26 $ 12.38 $ 25,740
Iowa 2,210 1.51 7.17 $ 19.31 $ 40,160
Illinois 1,420 0.25 1.20 $ 18.55 $ 38,590
Florida 1,370 0.16 0.77 $ 16.13 $ 33,550




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Agricultural Equipment Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 2,210 1.51 7.17 $ 19.31 $ 40,160
Nebraska 990 1.05 4.97 $ 19.24 $ 40,020
Kansas 960 0.72 3.42 $ 16.04 $ 33,360
Montana 320 0.69 3.29 $ 15.95 $ 33,180
New Mexico 390 0.50 2.37 $ 13.80 $ 28,690




Top paying states for Agricultural Equipment Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 150 0.38 1.79 $ 21.83 $ 45,400
Delaware 40 0.09 0.41 $ 21.29 $ 44,290
New York 80 0.01 0.04 $ 20.57 $ 42,790
Ohio 500 0.10 0.46 $ 19.93 $ 41,460
Wisconsin 610 0.23 1.08 $ 19.53 $ 40,630





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
El Centro, CA 700 12.16 57.88 $ 14.66 $ 30,490
Visalia-Porterville, CA 630 4.21 20.06 $ 15.95 $ 33,170
Napa, CA 620 8.97 42.69 $ 19.65 $ 40,870
Bakersfield, CA 520 1.71 8.14 $ 16.53 $ 34,380
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 410 1.58 7.53 $ 12.13 $ 25,230
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 390 0.15 0.74 $ 15.70 $ 32,650
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 320 0.07 0.35 $ 17.04 $ 35,440
Yakima, WA 290 3.20 15.22 $ 15.66 $ 32,570
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 280 1.54 7.33 $ 16.06 $ 33,400
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 270 0.75 3.57 $ 20.40 $ 42,430




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
El Centro, CA 700 12.16 57.88 $ 14.66 $ 30,490
Napa, CA 620 8.97 42.69 $ 19.65 $ 40,870
Madera, CA 260 5.76 27.40 $ 14.50 $ 30,160
Visalia-Porterville, CA 630 4.21 20.06 $ 15.95 $ 33,170
Yakima, WA 290 3.20 15.22 $ 15.66 $ 32,570
Yuma, AZ 130 2.17 10.34 $ 15.56 $ 32,370
Bakersfield, CA 520 1.71 8.14 $ 16.53 $ 34,380
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 410 1.58 7.53 $ 12.13 $ 25,230
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 170 1.58 7.51 $ 16.81 $ 34,970
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 280 1.54 7.33 $ 16.06 $ 33,400




Top paying metropolitan areas for Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bloomington, IL 40 0.46 2.18 $ 22.38 $ 46,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.08 0.36 $ 21.95 $ 45,660
Green Bay, WI (8) (8) (8) $ 21.34 $ 44,400
Springfield, IL (8) (8) (8) $ 20.53 $ 42,710
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 110 1.44 6.85 $ 20.49 $ 42,610
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 40 0.07 0.33 $ 20.42 $ 42,480
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 270 0.75 3.57 $ 20.40 $ 42,430
Columbus, OH 100 0.10 0.45 $ 19.75 $ 41,070
Pine Bluff, AR (8) (8) (8) $ 19.68 $ 40,930
Napa, CA 620 8.97 42.69 $ 19.65 $ 40,870

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,770 9.20 43.79 $ 11.63 $ 24,180
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 930 2.45 11.66 $ 15.87 $ 33,020
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 650 4.47 21.28 $ 19.58 $ 40,730
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 550 2.61 12.41 $ 17.41 $ 36,220
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 470 3.62 17.21 $ 21.60 $ 44,920

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,770 9.20 43.79 $ 11.63 $ 24,180
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 650 4.47 21.28 $ 19.58 $ 40,730
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 250 4.26 20.29 $ 13.88 $ 28,860
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 3.94 18.75 $ 18.62 $ 38,720
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 470 3.62 17.21 $ 21.60 $ 44,920

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Agricultural Equipment Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 1.53 7.28 $ 23.30 $ 48,470
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.69 3.28 $ 21.89 $ 45,520
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.70 3.34 $ 21.85 $ 45,450
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 470 3.62 17.21 $ 21.60 $ 44,920
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.97 9.37 $ 21.51 $ 44,750


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021