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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-4010 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

This occupation includes the 2018 SOC occupations 19-4012 Agricultural Technicians and 19-4013 Food Science Technicians and the 2010 SOC occupation 19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians.


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)
21,870 2.9 % $21.37 $44,440 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.48 $16.26 $19.82 $24.69 $30.86
Annual Wage (2) $28,030 $33,820 $41,230 $51,360 $64,180


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,010 0.13 $22.68 $47,180
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,280 0.32 $21.52 $44,760
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,230 1.48 $21.63 $45,000
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,270 0.09 $21.47 $44,660
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,100 0.07 $20.31 $42,240

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 Animal Production 660 2.11 $17.72 $36,850
Grain and Oilseed Milling 910 1.51 $20.63 $42,910
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,230 1.48 $21.63 $45,000
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,040 0.62 $20.35 $42,340
Animal Food Manufacturing 330 0.51 $20.63 $42,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 550 0.02 $27.32 $56,820
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 440 0.08 $26.07 $54,210
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 140 0.03 $24.67 $51,310
Elementary and Secondary Schools (8) (8) $23.93 $49,760
Tobacco Manufacturing (8) (8) $23.14 $48,130


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 4,170 0.24 1.61 $22.47 $46,730
Texas 1,280 0.10 0.69 $22.16 $46,090
Iowa 1,280 0.83 5.54 $22.13 $46,030
Wisconsin 1,140 0.40 2.66 $20.67 $43,000
New York 1,040 0.11 0.73 $25.71 $53,480




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)
Iowa 1,280 0.83 5.54 $22.13 $46,030
Nebraska 810 0.82 5.54 $18.96 $39,440
South Dakota 300 0.70 4.69 $14.24 $29,610
Oregon 860 0.45 3.02 $20.37 $42,370
Wisconsin 1,140 0.40 2.66 $20.67 $43,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Carolina 40 0.02 0.13 $27.00 $56,160
New York 1,040 0.11 0.73 $25.71 $53,480
Massachusetts 390 0.11 0.72 $25.56 $53,160
New Jersey 470 0.12 0.78 $24.35 $50,650
North Dakota 110 0.25 1.68 $23.03 $47,890





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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 740 0.73 4.91 $25.15 $52,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 650 0.10 0.70 $21.47 $44,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 490 0.43 2.86 $25.64 $53,330
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 400 0.11 0.74 $22.08 $45,920
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 390 0.08 0.57 $22.97 $47,770
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 390 0.32 2.15 $19.49 $40,540
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 360 0.04 0.25 $23.21 $48,280
Lincoln, NE 350 1.93 12.95 $18.32 $38,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 350 0.18 1.18 $20.25 $42,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 300 0.11 0.73 $25.79 $53,650




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)
Ames, IA 220 4.94 33.14 $19.95 $41,500
Athens-Clarke County, GA 300 3.43 23.01 $25.69 $53,440
Twin Falls, ID 130 2.79 18.77 $18.04 $37,530
Napa, CA 210 2.77 18.60 $22.02 $45,800
Manhattan, KS 80 2.14 14.34 $16.63 $34,580
Lincoln, NE 350 1.93 12.95 $18.32 $38,110
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 80 1.77 11.91 $20.38 $42,390
Grand Forks, ND-MN 70 1.47 9.86 $18.51 $38,490
Merced, CA 110 1.46 9.78 $25.14 $52,280
Modesto, CA 240 1.31 8.80 $19.05 $39,620




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)
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 60 0.10 0.66 $28.35 $58,960
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 160 0.44 2.96 $27.46 $57,120
Kansas City, MO-KS 110 0.10 0.70 $26.61 $55,340
Raleigh, NC 120 0.19 1.26 $26.16 $54,400
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 300 0.11 0.73 $25.79 $53,650
Athens-Clarke County, GA 300 3.43 23.01 $25.69 $53,440
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 490 0.43 2.86 $25.64 $53,330
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 290 0.09 0.63 $25.46 $52,960
Evansville, IN-KY 80 0.51 3.41 $25.16 $52,330
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 740 0.73 4.91 $25.15 $52,310

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 410 1.82 12.19 $20.99 $43,660
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 230 1.11 7.43 $24.23 $50,390
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.71 11.48 $13.72 $28,540
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 1.05 7.07 $25.28 $52,570
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.91 6.11 $19.87 $41,330

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 410 1.82 12.19 $20.99 $43,660
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.71 11.48 $13.72 $28,540
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 230 1.11 7.43 $24.23 $50,390
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 1.05 7.07 $25.28 $52,570
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.02 6.83 $21.80 $45,340

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 1.05 7.07 $25.28 $52,570
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 230 1.11 7.43 $24.23 $50,390
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.92 $49,750
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 3.70 $23.55 $48,980
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 2.23 $22.18 $46,140


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: March 31, 2020