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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

45-2093 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.


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)
35,460 2.6 % $13.38 $27,840 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.81 $10.12 $12.24 $15.46 $19.27
Annual Wage (2) $18,330 $21,050 $25,470 $32,160 $40,080


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 Animal Production 12,870 42.40 $13.51 $28,100
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,360 10.07 $11.90 $24,760
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,830 0.36 $14.48 $30,120
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 1,370 0.16 $12.32 $25,620
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,110 0.32 $12.91 $26,850

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 12,870 42.40 $13.51 $28,100
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,360 10.07 $11.90 $24,760
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 630 1.11 $13.02 $27,080
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,830 0.36 $14.48 $30,120
Animal Food Manufacturing 200 0.34 $14.29 $29,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 300 0.01 $22.68 $47,170
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 190 0.04 $18.75 $39,000
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $18.30 $38,060
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,000 0.05 $16.77 $34,890
Office Administrative Services 160 0.03 $16.41 $34,130


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)
Texas 4,960 0.42 1.68 $12.74 $26,500
California 2,310 0.14 0.56 $14.86 $30,900
Kentucky 2,080 1.11 4.45 $12.84 $26,700
Missouri 1,400 0.50 2.02 $12.49 $25,970
Pennsylvania 1,300 0.23 0.91 $12.98 $27,000




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)
Montana 600 1.31 5.26 $13.13 $27,310
Nebraska 1,250 1.28 5.16 $14.11 $29,350
Idaho 820 1.19 4.80 $13.16 $27,380
Wyoming 310 1.15 4.62 $13.30 $27,660
Kentucky 2,080 1.11 4.45 $12.84 $26,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.14 0.55 $17.42 $36,240
Connecticut 180 0.11 0.43 $17.40 $36,190
Hawaii 70 0.11 0.43 $16.16 $33,620
Washington 900 0.28 1.14 $16.10 $33,480
Arizona 180 0.07 0.27 $15.83 $32,940



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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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,360 5.01 20.13 $12.59 $26,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 540 0.18 0.74 $13.84 $28,780
Austin-Round Rock, TX 520 0.52 2.08 (8) (8)
Ocala, FL 420 4.21 16.92 $12.05 $25,060
St. Louis, MO-IL 400 0.29 1.18 $13.28 $27,630
Oklahoma City, OK 380 0.63 2.53 $12.26 $25,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.14 0.58 $18.37 $38,200
Lancaster, PA 310 1.26 5.08 $13.94 $29,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 280 0.14 0.58 $12.68 $26,370
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 260 0.18 0.73 $13.45 $27,980


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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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,360 5.01 20.13 $12.59 $26,180
Ocala, FL 420 4.21 16.92 $12.05 $25,060
Harrisonburg, VA 200 3.09 12.42 $12.75 $26,520
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 210 2.49 10.00 $13.27 $27,600
Merced, CA 90 1.31 5.26 $12.98 $26,990
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 70 1.30 5.21 $14.10 $29,330
College Station-Bryan, TX 150 1.30 5.23 $11.00 $22,870
Lancaster, PA 310 1.26 5.08 $13.94 $29,000
Gettysburg, PA 40 1.13 4.52 $10.60 $22,040
San Angelo, TX 50 1.12 4.50 $12.38 $25,740


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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)
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 70 0.13 0.51 $20.29 $42,200
Syracuse, NY 80 0.25 1.01 $19.78 $41,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.14 0.58 $18.37 $38,200
Stockton-Lodi, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.36 $38,200
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.32 1.30 $17.78 $36,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 140 0.10 0.40 $17.69 $36,790
Lincoln, NE 40 0.24 0.97 $17.68 $36,780
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 50 0.16 0.64 $17.28 $35,940
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 120 0.89 3.57 $17.14 $35,640
Dayton, OH 50 0.14 0.57 $17.05 $35,460

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)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 620 3.19 12.84 $12.65 $26,300
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 610 4.49 18.05 $15.25 $31,720
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 470 3.30 13.28 $11.53 $23,990
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 430 2.26 9.08 $13.73 $28,560
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 350 2.33 9.36 $14.78 $30,750

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)
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 270 6.64 26.69 $14.26 $29,650
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 610 4.49 18.05 $15.25 $31,720
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 320 4.10 16.49 $12.03 $25,020
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 340 3.77 15.15 $11.72 $24,370
Northwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 220 3.63 14.59 $11.50 $23,920

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)
Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 0.87 3.50 $18.65 $38,780
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 2.75 11.04 $18.57 $38,620
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 1.07 $18.00 $37,440
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.12 4.52 $17.83 $37,080
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 0.67 $16.03 $33,340


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018