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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

45-2041 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition. Excludes “Agricultural Inspectors” (45-2011).


National estimates for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
Industry profile for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
Geographic profile for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

National estimates for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,560 4.7 % $ 14.62 $ 30,400 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.14 $ 13.67 $ 14.25 $ 15.19 $ 17.86
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,170 $ 28,430 $ 29,630 $ 31,600 $ 37,140


Industry profile for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 10,220 3.05 $ 13.91 $ 28,930
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 6,380 1.23 $ 14.81 $ 30,790
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 1,830 0.20 $ 15.16 $ 31,530
Other Food Manufacturing 1,240 0.53 $ 15.96 $ 33,200
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,110 0.65 $ 14.61 $ 30,390

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 10,220 3.05 $ 13.91 $ 28,930
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 6,380 1.23 $ 14.81 $ 30,790
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 520 0.76 $ 17.38 $ 36,140
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,110 0.65 $ 14.61 $ 30,390
Other Food Manufacturing 1,240 0.53 $ 15.96 $ 33,200

Top paying industries for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warehousing and Storage (8) (8) $ 20.24 $ 42,100
Dairy Product Manufacturing 140 0.09 $ 18.47 $ 38,410
Grain and Oilseed Milling 120 0.20 $ 18.10 $ 37,650
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 120 0.02 $ 17.83 $ 37,080
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $ 17.82 $ 37,060


Geographic profile for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of graders and sorters, agricultural products by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,620 0.40 2.21 $ 15.11 $ 31,440
Washington 3,390 1.06 5.83 $ 14.76 $ 30,700
Texas 1,690 0.14 0.76 $ 14.40 $ 29,940
Arkansas 1,490 1.25 6.90 $ 14.95 $ 31,090
Georgia 1,430 0.33 1.80 $ 13.13 $ 27,320


Map of location quotient of graders and sorters, agricultural products by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 1,490 1.25 6.90 $ 14.95 $ 31,090
Idaho 850 1.12 6.17 $ 12.30 $ 25,590
Washington 3,390 1.06 5.83 $ 14.76 $ 30,700
South Dakota 340 0.80 4.41 $ 15.57 $ 32,380
Oregon 1,230 0.67 3.71 $ 14.26 $ 29,670


Map of annual mean wages of graders and sorters, agricultural products by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 130 0.07 0.41 $ 18.88 $ 39,260
Maryland 490 0.19 1.06 $ 18.50 $ 38,480
Nebraska 230 0.24 1.32 $ 18.25 $ 37,970
Iowa 170 0.11 0.62 $ 17.92 $ 37,270
Kansas 80 0.06 0.31 $ 17.62 $ 36,650



Map of employment of graders and sorters, agricultural products by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Yakima, WA 1,440 15.83 87.27 $ 14.50 $ 30,150
Fresno, CA 970 2.57 14.19 $ 14.38 $ 29,910
Wenatchee, WA 780 16.69 92.01 $ 14.61 $ 30,400
Salinas, CA 680 4.01 22.11 $ 15.22 $ 31,660
Visalia-Porterville, CA 620 4.18 23.02 $ 14.44 $ 30,020
Bakersfield, CA 550 1.78 9.79 $ 14.74 $ 30,660
Kennewick-Richland, WA 550 4.67 25.76 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
Modesto, CA 520 2.86 15.77 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
Stockton-Lodi, CA 490 1.91 10.54 $ 15.07 $ 31,340
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 440 1.81 9.97 $ 15.76 $ 32,780


Map of location quotient of graders and sorters, agricultural products by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wenatchee, WA 780 16.69 92.01 $ 14.61 $ 30,400
Yakima, WA 1,440 15.83 87.27 $ 14.50 $ 30,150
Kennewick-Richland, WA 550 4.67 25.76 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
Visalia-Porterville, CA 620 4.18 23.02 $ 14.44 $ 30,020
Salinas, CA 680 4.01 22.11 $ 15.22 $ 31,660
Madera, CA 190 3.99 22.01 $ 14.65 $ 30,480
Modesto, CA 520 2.86 15.77 $ 15.02 $ 31,240
Gainesville, GA 250 2.75 15.18 $ 13.81 $ 28,730
Fresno, CA 970 2.57 14.19 $ 14.38 $ 29,910
Albany, OR 100 2.15 11.85 $ 13.83 $ 28,770


Map of annual mean wages of graders and sorters, agricultural products by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 90 0.20 1.11 $ 19.21 $ 39,950
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 90 0.18 0.97 $ 19.13 $ 39,780
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 40 0.49 2.73 $ 18.68 $ 38,850
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 350 0.28 1.55 $ 18.47 $ 38,410
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 190 0.09 0.47 $ 17.64 $ 36,700
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 110 0.08 0.41 $ 17.16 $ 35,690
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 180 0.07 0.37 $ 16.49 $ 34,300
Salisbury, MD-DE 160 1.02 5.60 $ 16.37 $ 34,050
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 90 0.01 0.06 $ 16.24 $ 33,770
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 310 0.31 1.72 $ 16.02 $ 33,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 460 4.86 26.80 $ 14.79 $ 30,760
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 440 6.29 34.66 $ 13.48 $ 28,030
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 410 2.89 15.95 $ 13.67 $ 28,430
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 370 4.26 23.47 $ 12.25 $ 25,480
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 270 2.98 16.44 $ 15.14 $ 31,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 440 6.29 34.66 $ 13.48 $ 28,030
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 460 4.86 26.80 $ 14.79 $ 30,760
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 370 4.26 23.47 $ 12.25 $ 25,480
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 260 3.85 21.20 $ 13.57 $ 28,220
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 270 2.98 16.44 $ 15.14 $ 31,480

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.16 0.87 $ 18.19 $ 37,830
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 4.36 $ 16.47 $ 34,250
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 3.02 $ 16.14 $ 33,570
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 0.90 4.98 $ 15.85 $ 32,970
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 1.28 7.05 $ 15.67 $ 32,580


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022