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

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

Attend to live farm, ranch, open range or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, rabbits, 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, milking, 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 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
Industry profile for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
Geographic profile for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

National estimates for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
34,140 2.6 % $ 15.46 $ 32,150 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.50 $ 12.44 $ 14.25 $ 17.77 $ 22.19
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,840 $ 25,880 $ 29,630 $ 36,960 $ 46,160


Industry profile for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Animal Production 12,240 38.79 $ 15.49 $ 32,220
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 6,650 9.76 $ 13.47 $ 28,020
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2,020 0.39 $ 17.73 $ 36,880
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,680 0.50 $ 14.37 $ 29,900
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 960 0.04 $ 20.31 $ 42,250

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Animal Production 12,240 38.79 $ 15.49 $ 32,220
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 6,650 9.76 $ 13.47 $ 28,020
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 450 0.81 $ 15.06 $ 31,320
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land 40 0.60 $ 11.15 $ 23,200
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,680 0.50 $ 14.37 $ 29,900

Top paying industries for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 270 0.01 $ 25.89 $ 53,840
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 70 0.09 $ 23.14 $ 48,140
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 960 0.04 $ 20.31 $ 42,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises 290 0.01 $ 19.99 $ 41,570
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 80 0.06 $ 19.67 $ 40,920


Geographic profile for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,900 0.32 1.32 $ 14.42 $ 30,000
California 3,030 0.18 0.76 $ 17.93 $ 37,300
Missouri 2,320 0.85 3.50 $ 14.47 $ 30,100
Alabama 1,560 0.81 3.33 $ 14.94 $ 31,070
Kentucky 1,410 0.77 3.17 $ 14.62 $ 30,400


Map of location quotient of farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 360 1.38 5.70 $ 13.60 $ 28,280
Montana 600 1.28 5.28 $ 14.96 $ 31,120
Nebraska 840 0.87 3.60 $ 16.15 $ 33,590
Missouri 2,320 0.85 3.50 $ 14.47 $ 30,100
Iowa 1,230 0.83 3.42 $ 15.84 $ 32,940


Map of annual mean wages of farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.15 0.61 $ 23.36 $ 48,580
Nevada 190 0.15 0.60 $ 20.34 $ 42,310
Hawaii 80 0.15 0.62 $ 19.75 $ 41,070
Vermont 120 0.42 1.74 $ 18.22 $ 37,890
California 3,030 0.18 0.76 $ 17.93 $ 37,300



Map of employment of farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,020 3.97 16.36 $ 14.69 $ 30,550
Kansas City, MO-KS 540 0.53 2.17 $ 16.14 $ 33,560
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 480 0.13 0.56 $ 15.96 $ 33,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 480 0.08 0.34 $ 18.56 $ 38,600
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 470 0.32 1.33 $ 17.36 $ 36,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 430 0.15 0.62 $ 17.33 $ 36,040
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 410 0.15 0.63 $ 14.72 $ 30,610
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 390 0.20 0.83 $ 17.31 $ 36,000
St. Louis, MO-IL 360 0.28 1.15 $ 15.98 $ 33,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 330 0.11 0.46 $ 19.82 $ 41,220


Map of location quotient of farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,020 3.97 16.36 $ 14.69 $ 30,550
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 270 3.16 13.05 $ 16.63 $ 34,600
Merced, CA 220 3.04 12.54 $ 17.32 $ 36,030
Dothan, AL 120 2.16 8.90 $ 13.45 $ 27,970
Harrisonburg, VA 130 2.07 8.53 $ 16.00 $ 33,270
San Angelo, TX 80 1.67 6.89 $ 13.20 $ 27,460
Twin Falls, ID 60 1.38 5.69 $ 13.59 $ 28,260
Billings, MT 120 1.37 5.67 $ 14.77 $ 30,710
Ocala, FL 130 1.26 5.18 $ 13.00 $ 27,050
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 60 1.19 4.90 $ 17.80 $ 37,030


Map of annual mean wages of farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 220 0.10 0.40 $ 20.57 $ 42,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.06 0.25 $ 20.25 $ 42,120
Provo-Orem, UT 30 0.13 0.52 $ 20.03 $ 41,660
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 50 0.05 0.23 $ 19.95 $ 41,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 330 0.11 0.46 $ 19.82 $ 41,220
Santa Rosa, CA 120 0.65 2.67 $ 19.43 $ 40,410
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 50 0.62 2.55 $ 18.99 $ 39,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 480 0.08 0.34 $ 18.56 $ 38,600
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 170 0.17 0.71 $ 18.29 $ 38,040
Reno, NV 40 0.16 0.65 $ 17.97 $ 37,390

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

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 660 3.45 14.25 $ 13.14 $ 27,330
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 500 1.34 5.51 $ 15.17 $ 31,550
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 380 2.89 11.92 $ 15.46 $ 32,160
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 370 5.35 22.06 $ 14.33 $ 29,800
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 360 2.57 10.59 $ 14.47 $ 30,090

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 370 5.35 22.06 $ 14.33 $ 29,800
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 250 3.75 15.48 $ 16.15 $ 33,580
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 250 3.51 14.48 $ 15.12 $ 31,450
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 290 3.46 14.29 $ 12.13 $ 25,230
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 660 3.45 14.25 $ 13.14 $ 27,330

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 90 0.97 3.99 $ 21.01 $ 43,700
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 120 1.04 4.31 $ 19.97 $ 41,540
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 1.54 6.34 $ 19.56 $ 40,690
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 2.83 $ 18.80 $ 39,110
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 2.65 $ 18.69 $ 38,870


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.

(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