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

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

Attend to live farm, ranch, open range or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, rabbits, 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, milking, 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 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
Industry profile for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
Geographic profile for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

National estimates for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
36,820 3.3 % $ 14.93 $ 31,060 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.34 $ 11.38 $ 14.01 $ 17.67 $ 22.20
Annual Wage (2) $ 19,420 $ 23,670 $ 29,130 $ 36,760 $ 46,170


Industry profile for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Animal Production 13,580 42.74 $ 15.14 $ 31,480
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,610 11.06 $ 13.17 $ 27,400
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,420 0.27 $ 16.76 $ 34,850
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 1,360 0.14 $ 14.99 $ 31,180
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,160 0.33 $ 14.62 $ 30,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Animal Production 13,580 42.74 $ 15.14 $ 31,480
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,610 11.06 $ 13.17 $ 27,400
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 440 0.87 $ 13.58 $ 28,240
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 200 0.68 $ 15.12 $ 31,440
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,160 0.33 $ 14.62 $ 30,420

Top paying industries for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 30 (7) $ 36.30 $ 75,500
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 260 0.01 $ 25.43 $ 52,900
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 970 0.04 $ 19.98 $ 41,560
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 360 0.01 $ 18.22 $ 37,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.01 $ 17.14 $ 35,640


Geographic profile for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,010 0.50 1.88 $ 14.02 $ 29,160
California 2,290 0.14 0.53 $ 16.54 $ 34,400
Missouri 2,090 0.78 2.93 $ 15.01 $ 31,230
Kentucky 1,690 0.95 3.58 $ 13.55 $ 28,180
Pennsylvania 1,430 0.26 0.98 $ 13.95 $ 29,020




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 350 1.33 5.02 $ 13.63 $ 28,350
Montana 570 1.26 4.75 $ 14.08 $ 29,280
Kansas 1,380 1.03 3.90 $ 14.09 $ 29,310
Idaho 710 0.99 3.73 $ 15.09 $ 31,380
Kentucky 1,690 0.95 3.58 $ 13.55 $ 28,180




Top paying states for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 30 0.11 0.42 $ 23.66 $ 49,200
Georgia 710 0.16 0.62 $ 20.32 $ 42,260
Nevada 150 0.12 0.45 $ 19.54 $ 40,640
Hawaii 70 0.12 0.47 $ 17.86 $ 37,150
Washington 1,020 0.32 1.20 $ 17.74 $ 36,910





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,340 5.19 19.61 $ 13.47 $ 28,020
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,040 0.29 1.10 $ 13.40 $ 27,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 830 0.28 1.05 $ 16.95 $ 35,260
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 570 0.21 0.80 $ 14.07 $ 29,270
Kansas City, MO-KS 490 0.47 1.79 $ 14.17 $ 29,470
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 410 0.41 1.53 $ 14.55 $ 30,270
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 400 0.20 0.77 $ 16.56 $ 34,440
Lancaster, PA 370 1.58 5.97 $ 14.54 $ 30,240
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 370 0.25 0.95 $ 17.24 $ 35,850
Columbus, OH 360 0.35 1.31 $ 17.17 $ 35,720




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Twin Falls, ID 270 5.82 21.97 $ 11.48 $ 23,870
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,340 5.19 19.61 $ 13.47 $ 28,020
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 140 2.95 11.13 $ 17.63 $ 36,670
San Angelo, TX 100 2.18 8.23 $ 12.81 $ 26,640
Dothan, AL 120 2.18 8.22 $ 13.19 $ 27,440
Billings, MT 180 2.13 8.06 $ 14.13 $ 29,380
Harrisonburg, VA 120 1.99 7.50 $ 17.16 $ 35,690
Jefferson City, MO 140 1.93 7.28 $ 13.81 $ 28,720
Lancaster, PA 370 1.58 5.97 $ 14.54 $ 30,240
Waco, TX 180 1.56 5.89 $ 11.94 $ 24,830




Top paying metropolitan areas for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) $ 23.16 $ 48,160
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 20.67 $ 42,990
Boise City, ID 140 0.42 1.59 $ 20.15 $ 41,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 320 0.11 0.40 $ 19.54 $ 40,650
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 110 0.45 1.71 $ 19.02 $ 39,560
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 140 0.09 0.35 $ 18.94 $ 39,400
Yakima, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 18.63 $ 38,740
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 100 0.04 0.15 $ 18.37 $ 38,210
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 180 0.14 0.52 $ 18.21 $ 37,870
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 40 0.40 1.53 $ 18.08 $ 37,600

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 990 2.61 9.85 $ 13.68 $ 28,460
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 860 4.51 17.02 $ 14.11 $ 29,350
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 490 3.73 14.08 $ 17.00 $ 35,370
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 430 2.81 10.60 $ 16.45 $ 34,210
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 370 2.63 9.95 $ 13.03 $ 27,110

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 360 5.23 19.76 $ 14.93 $ 31,060
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 170 4.59 17.35 $ 16.99 $ 35,340
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 290 4.51 17.03 $ 14.77 $ 30,720
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 860 4.51 17.02 $ 14.11 $ 29,350
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 360 4.22 15.92 $ 13.73 $ 28,550

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.96 3.61 $ 22.32 $ 46,430
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.66 2.50 $ 21.90 $ 45,550
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.91 $ 21.17 $ 44,030
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 1.28 4.84 $ 20.05 $ 41,710
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 1.42 $ 18.93 $ 39,370


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