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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

17-2021 Agricultural Engineers

Apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.


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)
1,630 7.8 % $38.03 $79,090 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.36 $28.82 $37.07 $45.73 $56.18
Annual Wage (2) $46,500 $59,940 $77,110 $95,110 $116,850


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)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 320 0.02 $44.05 $91,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 220 0.01 $30.75 $63,970
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.01 $36.07 $75,020
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 150 0.01 $39.92 $83,040
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 120 0.02 $41.07 $85,430

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 320 0.02 $44.05 $91,620
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 120 0.02 $41.07 $85,430
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 220 0.01 $30.75 $63,970
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 0.01 $43.13 $89,720
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.01 $36.07 $75,020

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) 320 0.02 $44.05 $91,620
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 0.01 $43.13 $89,720
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 120 0.02 $41.07 $85,430
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 30 (7) $40.59 $84,430
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 150 0.01 $39.92 $83,040


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 270 0.02 1.40 $36.23 $75,350
Iowa 190 0.12 11.03 $41.02 $85,320
Ohio 100 0.02 1.60 $40.19 $83,600
Indiana 90 0.03 2.73 $37.84 $78,710
Texas 90 0.01 0.66 (8) (8)




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 190 0.12 11.03 $41.02 $85,320
South Dakota 40 0.09 8.41 $31.56 $65,650
Kentucky 80 0.04 3.94 $32.21 $67,010
Indiana 90 0.03 2.73 $37.84 $78,710
Ohio 100 0.02 1.60 $40.19 $83,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 70 0.01 1.10 $41.68 $86,690
Iowa 190 0.12 11.03 $41.02 $85,320
Ohio 100 0.02 1.60 $40.19 $83,600
Indiana 90 0.03 2.73 $37.84 $78,710
Pennsylvania 40 0.01 0.58 $37.05 $77,060





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)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 120 0.33 29.26 $42.00 $87,360
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 60 0.01 1.20 $41.51 $86,350
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 40 0.07 5.93 $28.34 $58,940
Columbus, OH 40 0.03 2.97 $45.04 $93,680
College Station-Bryan, TX 30 0.28 24.54 $32.42 $67,430
Gainesville, FL 30 0.23 20.62 $38.46 $80,000




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)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 120 0.33 29.26 $42.00 $87,360
College Station-Bryan, TX 30 0.28 24.54 $32.42 $67,430
Gainesville, FL 30 0.23 20.62 $38.46 $80,000
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 40 0.07 5.93 $28.34 $58,940
Columbus, OH 40 0.03 2.97 $45.04 $93,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 60 0.01 1.20 $41.51 $86,350




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)
Columbus, OH 40 0.03 2.97 $45.04 $93,680
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 120 0.33 29.26 $42.00 $87,360
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 60 0.01 1.20 $41.51 $86,350
Gainesville, FL 30 0.23 20.62 $38.46 $80,000
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $35.70 $74,250
College Station-Bryan, TX 30 0.28 24.54 $32.42 $67,430
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 40 0.07 5.93 $28.34 $58,940

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)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 23.31 $30.10 $62,600

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)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 23.31 $30.10 $62,600

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.29 $75,480
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 23.31 $30.10 $62,600


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