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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,
2020

Agricultural equipment operators

17,600

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

235,100

Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals

14,740

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

10,590

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

10,100

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage 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, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Agricultural equipment operators

14.89 15.62 30,970 32,490

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

13.74 14.36 28,570 29,880

Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals

14.27 15.10 29,690 31,400

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

22.45 24.65 46,710 51,260

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

13.48 14.89 28,040 30,970

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage 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 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

51 45 41 57

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

Data series 2019

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

Total recordable cases

5.2

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

3.3

Cases involving days away from work

1.8

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
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020
1st quarter
2021

Number of establishments

Private industry

20,634 20,879 21,098 (p)21,019

Local government

36 36 36 (p)37

State government

69 69 69 (p)69

Federal government

       

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: October 22, 2021