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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

45-2091 Agricultural Equipment Operators

Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. 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)
26,060 4.2 % $15.68 $32,620 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.04 $12.26 $14.99 $18.32 $22.38
Annual Wage (2) $20,890 $25,510 $31,190 $38,100 $46,550


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 14,150 4.07 $14.90 $30,990
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 5,670 1.00 $17.29 $35,960
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,710 2.32 $17.00 $35,360
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 460 0.28 $16.41 $34,140
Employment Services 360 0.01 $16.14 $33,570

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 14,150 4.07 $14.90 $30,990
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,710 2.32 $17.00 $35,360
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 5,670 1.00 $17.29 $35,960
Support Activities for Animal Production 160 0.52 $17.49 $36,370
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 460 0.28 $16.41 $34,140

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) $23.33 $48,520
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $20.91 $43,500
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 210 0.01 $19.88 $41,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 (7) $18.25 $37,970
Support Activities for Animal Production 160 0.52 $17.49 $36,370


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 5,740 0.34 1.87 $15.47 $32,180
Texas 2,720 0.22 1.25 $13.10 $27,240
Iowa 1,590 1.03 5.71 $17.83 $37,100
Illinois 1,330 0.22 1.23 $17.43 $36,260
Florida 1,310 0.15 0.85 $13.66 $28,420




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 1,590 1.03 5.71 $17.83 $37,100
Nebraska 870 0.89 4.92 $18.76 $39,020
Kansas 1,130 0.82 4.56 $16.34 $33,990
Idaho 360 0.50 2.79 $15.82 $32,910
Arkansas 500 0.41 2.30 $12.57 $26,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 150 0.36 1.98 $19.12 $39,760
Michigan 360 0.08 0.47 $19.06 $39,640
Nebraska 870 0.89 4.92 $18.76 $39,020
South Dakota 90 0.22 1.22 $18.65 $38,780
New York 120 0.01 0.07 $17.99 $37,430





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)
Salinas, CA 540 3.01 16.74 $15.53 $32,300
Fresno, CA 530 1.41 7.86 $13.62 $28,330
Modesto, CA 510 2.78 15.43 $14.98 $31,160
Bakersfield, CA 510 1.65 9.15 $16.12 $33,520
Visalia-Porterville, CA 460 2.99 16.61 $15.27 $31,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 390 0.14 0.76 $14.21 $29,570
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 360 0.36 2.01 $17.75 $36,920
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 300 0.06 0.35 $16.50 $34,320
El Centro, CA 290 5.02 27.89 $12.50 $26,000
Merced, CA 290 3.95 21.93 $16.28 $33,850




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 290 5.02 27.89 $12.50 $26,000
Wenatchee, WA 220 4.60 25.54 $15.00 $31,200
Merced, CA 290 3.95 21.93 $16.28 $33,850
Napa, CA 260 3.47 19.25 $18.63 $38,760
Salinas, CA 540 3.01 16.74 $15.53 $32,300
Visalia-Porterville, CA 460 2.99 16.61 $15.27 $31,770
Modesto, CA 510 2.78 15.43 $14.98 $31,160
Jonesboro, AR 100 1.80 10.00 $12.27 $25,520
Bakersfield, CA 510 1.65 9.15 $16.12 $33,520
Grand Island, NE 60 1.48 8.24 $16.85 $35,050




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)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 100 0.05 0.28 $24.40 $50,760
Green Bay, WI (8) (8) (8) $22.04 $45,840
Bloomington, IL 70 0.81 4.52 $20.80 $43,270
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA (8) (8) (8) $20.76 $43,170
Lincoln, NE (8) (8) (8) $19.32 $40,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.07 0.40 $19.18 $39,900
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 100 1.23 6.84 $18.99 $39,500
Madison, WI 100 0.25 1.37 $18.82 $39,140
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $18.80 $39,110
Napa, CA 260 3.47 19.25 $18.63 $38,760

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 1,140 5.86 32.54 $12.66 $26,340
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 970 2.46 13.67 $16.87 $35,090
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 440 2.87 15.94 $18.49 $38,460
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 390 1.73 9.61 $16.74 $34,830
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 380 5.02 27.90 $13.27 $27,600

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 1,140 5.86 32.54 $12.66 $26,340
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 380 5.02 27.90 $13.27 $27,600
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 250 3.90 21.66 $12.88 $26,790
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 320 3.78 21.02 $17.16 $35,690
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 310 3.28 18.20 $11.95 $24,850

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 Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.12 $52,240
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.38 2.11 $22.80 $47,410
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.06 $43,800
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 60 0.17 0.97 $20.70 $43,070
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 240 1.79 9.96 $20.34 $42,310


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019