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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
26,990 4.1 % $16.01 $33,300 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.44 $12.70 $15.36 $18.62 $22.67
Annual Wage (2) $21,720 $26,410 $31,950 $38,730 $47,150


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 15,320 4.36 $15.28 $31,780
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 5,650 1.00 $17.83 $37,080
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,730 2.47 $17.26 $35,890
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 380 0.04 $14.98 $31,150
Employment Services 370 0.01 $15.41 $32,040

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 15,320 4.36 $15.28 $31,780
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,730 2.47 $17.26 $35,890
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 5,650 1.00 $17.83 $37,080
Support Activities for Animal Production 120 0.37 $16.81 $34,960
Animal Food Manufacturing 140 0.22 $15.24 $31,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $24.17 $50,270
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 (7) $21.53 $44,780
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 50 0.01 $20.30 $42,230
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 150 (7) $19.64 $40,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $17.87 $37,180


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 6,880 0.40 2.16 $15.93 $33,120
Texas 2,720 0.22 1.19 $12.80 $26,620
Iowa 1,580 1.02 5.54 $18.34 $38,150
Illinois 1,420 0.24 1.29 $17.54 $36,490
Florida 1,320 0.15 0.82 $15.33 $31,880




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)
Nebraska 1,070 1.09 5.94 $19.23 $40,010
Iowa 1,580 1.02 5.54 $18.34 $38,150
Kansas 970 0.70 3.81 $16.85 $35,050
New Mexico 480 0.59 3.19 $14.71 $30,600
Arkansas 510 0.42 2.26 $14.42 $29,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 40 0.08 0.42 $21.65 $45,020
North Dakota 140 0.34 1.85 $20.63 $42,920
New York 110 0.01 0.06 $19.32 $40,180
Nebraska 1,070 1.09 5.94 $19.23 $40,010
Ohio 490 0.09 0.49 $19.07 $39,660





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)
Fresno, CA 730 1.88 10.23 $15.37 $31,970
El Centro, CA 610 10.31 56.12 $13.54 $28,160
Salinas, CA 470 2.59 14.09 $17.30 $35,980
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 450 0.10 0.52 $16.81 $34,960
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 440 10.00 54.40 $13.94 $28,990
Bakersfield, CA 420 1.32 7.18 $16.95 $35,260
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 420 0.27 1.47 $13.40 $27,860
Visalia-Porterville, CA 410 2.66 14.49 $15.39 $32,020
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 410 0.16 0.85 $14.99 $31,190
Napa, CA 390 5.03 27.35 $18.49 $38,450




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)
El Centro, CA 610 10.31 56.12 $13.54 $28,160
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 440 10.00 54.40 $13.94 $28,990
Wenatchee, WA 340 7.01 38.15 $15.78 $32,830
Madera, CA 290 6.10 33.22 $13.36 $27,800
Napa, CA 390 5.03 27.35 $18.49 $38,450
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 180 3.43 18.67 $15.65 $32,560
Visalia-Porterville, CA 410 2.66 14.49 $15.39 $32,020
Salinas, CA 470 2.59 14.09 $17.30 $35,980
Yakima, WA 210 2.29 12.45 $16.85 $35,040
Modesto, CA 370 1.96 10.68 $15.53 $32,310




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)
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $26.13 $54,360
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.14 0.76 $22.35 $46,480
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA (8) (8) (8) $20.01 $41,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.07 0.40 $19.72 $41,020
Chico, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.51 $40,590
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 100 1.21 6.60 $19.39 $40,340
Columbus, OH (8) (8) (8) $19.19 $39,920
Stockton-Lodi, CA 180 0.73 3.96 $18.78 $39,060
Napa, CA 390 5.03 27.35 $18.49 $38,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 50 0.02 0.13 $18.45 $38,380

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,380 6.86 37.35 $12.14 $25,250
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 920 2.34 12.72 $16.49 $34,300
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 630 4.23 23.04 $19.47 $40,500
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 400 1.79 9.72 $17.01 $35,380
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 320 1.85 10.06 $17.09 $35,550

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,380 6.86 37.35 $12.14 $25,250
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 630 4.23 23.04 $19.47 $40,500
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 270 3.22 17.54 $17.89 $37,200
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 290 2.99 16.26 $17.64 $36,690
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 2.79 15.21 $13.03 $27,100

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 80 1.24 6.76 $22.64 $47,080
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.61 3.34 $21.69 $45,120
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 260 1.89 10.28 $21.25 $44,200
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.81 9.88 $21.11 $43,910
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.87 $43,410


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.

(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 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