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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

45-2041 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition. Excludes “Agricultural Inspectors” (45-2011).


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)
34,340 4.4 % $13.25 $27,570 3.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.39 $11.25 $12.34 $14.12 $15.99
Annual Wage (2) $19,530 $23,390 $25,670 $29,370 $33,250


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 Crop Production 12,790 3.64 $13.64 $28,380
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 8,070 1.53 $12.67 $26,360
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 2,700 0.27 $12.69 $26,390
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 2,690 1.60 $13.12 $27,280
Other Food Manufacturing 1,480 0.66 $12.52 $26,050

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 Crop Production 12,790 3.64 $13.64 $28,380
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 2,690 1.60 $13.12 $27,280
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 8,070 1.53 $12.67 $26,360
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 720 1.03 $14.82 $30,820
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 260 0.81 $12.27 $25,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 180 0.01 $16.83 $35,000
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $16.17 $33,630
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 720 1.03 $14.82 $30,820
Warehousing and Storage 230 0.02 $14.69 $30,560
Grain and Oilseed Milling 320 0.53 $14.41 $29,970


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)
California 8,310 0.48 2.04 $12.91 $26,850
Texas 4,610 0.37 1.59 $12.04 $25,030
Georgia 2,750 0.62 2.63 $11.32 $23,540
Washington 2,240 0.67 2.88 $13.40 $27,860
Oregon 1,700 0.89 3.82 $12.90 $26,820




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)
Idaho 750 1.03 4.41 $10.88 $22,620
Arkansas 1,240 1.02 4.34 $13.44 $27,960
Oregon 1,700 0.89 3.82 $12.90 $26,820
South Dakota 330 0.78 3.36 $13.70 $28,490
Washington 2,240 0.67 2.88 $13.40 $27,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 180 0.43 1.82 $17.53 $36,460
Minnesota 350 0.12 0.53 $15.95 $33,170
Iowa 130 0.08 0.36 $15.79 $32,840
Kansas 170 0.12 0.51 $15.75 $32,760
Wisconsin 600 0.21 0.90 $15.60 $32,440





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)
Bakersfield, CA 1,240 3.92 16.75 $12.28 $25,540
Yakima, WA 1,020 10.94 46.77 $13.19 $27,430
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 860 0.31 1.35 $11.03 $22,940
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 670 15.28 65.36 $11.93 $24,800
Gainesville, GA 650 7.28 31.12 $11.24 $23,380
Stockton-Lodi, CA 650 2.56 10.96 $12.92 $26,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 620 0.10 0.43 $13.48 $28,040
Fresno, CA 560 1.43 6.12 $12.81 $26,650
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 520 0.34 1.44 $13.00 $27,040
Modesto, CA 460 2.48 10.63 $12.80 $26,620




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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 670 15.28 65.36 $11.93 $24,800
Yakima, WA 1,020 10.94 46.77 $13.19 $27,430
Wenatchee, WA 410 8.50 36.34 $13.54 $28,170
Gainesville, GA 650 7.28 31.12 $11.24 $23,380
Merced, CA 380 4.91 21.00 $12.71 $26,440
Rocky Mount, NC 220 3.99 17.06 $10.34 $21,510
Bakersfield, CA 1,240 3.92 16.75 $12.28 $25,540
Kennewick-Richland, WA 320 2.69 11.49 $13.40 $27,870
Stockton-Lodi, CA 650 2.56 10.96 $12.92 $26,880
Modesto, CA 460 2.48 10.63 $12.80 $26,620




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)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 80 0.13 0.58 $19.00 $39,520
Grand Forks, ND-MN 50 0.96 4.12 $17.74 $36,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.12 0.53 $15.80 $32,860
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $15.62 $32,490
Gettysburg, PA (8) (8) (8) $15.52 $32,280
Rochester, MN (8) (8) (8) $15.49 $32,220
Madison, WI 40 0.11 0.47 $14.96 $31,110
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $14.84 $30,860
Salisbury, MD-DE 190 1.18 5.05 $14.57 $30,310
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 110 0.09 0.37 $14.07 $29,280

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)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 620 8.83 37.75 $12.63 $26,270
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 610 8.99 38.44 $12.05 $25,060
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 500 1.79 7.66 $10.70 $22,250
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 450 5.27 22.53 $9.83 $20,450
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 390 2.09 8.92 $12.23 $25,450

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)
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 610 8.99 38.44 $12.05 $25,060
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 620 8.83 37.75 $12.63 $26,270
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 450 5.27 22.53 $9.83 $20,450
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 230 3.69 15.78 $12.77 $26,560
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 300 3.10 13.26 $13.11 $27,270

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)
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 2.18 9.32 $17.28 $35,930
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.30 1.29 $16.24 $33,780
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.48 $16.15 $33,590
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 1.14 $15.13 $31,480
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 330 1.64 7.01 $14.10 $29,320


About May 2019 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.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020