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Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry: NAICS 115

About the Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry subsector

The support activities for agriculture and forestry subsector is part of the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector.

Industries in the Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry subsector provide support services that are an essential part of agricultural and forestry production. These support activities may be performed by the agriculture or forestry producing establishment or conducted independently as an alternative source of inputs required for the production process for a given crop, animal, or forestry industry. Establishments that primarily perform these activities independent of the agriculture or forestry producing establishment are in this subsector.

North American Industry Classification System

The support activities for agriculture and forestry subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Support Activities for Crop Production: NAICS 1151
  • Support Activities for Animal Production: NAICS 1152
  • Support Activities for Forestry: NAICS 1153

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in support activities for agriculture and forestry. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry , data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Agricultural equipment operators

15,440

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

232,830

Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals

14,230

First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

10,460

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

12,790

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for support activities for agriculture and forestry.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings

Recent hourly and annual earnings for occupations commonly found in support activities for agriculture and forestry.

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Agricultural equipment operators

14.43 15.29 30,000 31,810

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

12.13 13.11 25,230 27,280

Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals

13.52 14.38 28,130 29,900

First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

20.85 23.15 43,370 48,150

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

12.05 13.64 25,070 28,380

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in support activities for agriculture and forestry. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

69 51 45 41

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2018

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.6

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.7

Cases involving days away from work

1.2

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.5

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in support activities for agriculture and forestry.

Establishments

Data series Back
data
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

20,267 20,471 20,627 (p)20,663

Local government

36 36 36 (p)36

State government

69 69 69 (p)69

Federal government

       

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: September 18, 2020