Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
1,770 7.8 % $37.49 $77,970 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.73 $29.74 $35.95 $43.95 $55.23
Annual Wage (2) $47,280 $61,850 $74,780 $91,410 $114,880


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) 350 0.02 $42.32 $88,020
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $30.63 $63,700
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 210 0.02 $35.99 $74,850
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $35.82 $74,510
Grain and Oilseed Milling 140 0.23 $30.86 $64,180

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 140 0.23 $30.86 $64,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $42.32 $88,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 210 0.02 $35.99 $74,850
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $35.82 $74,510
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $30.63 $63,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $45.61 $94,860
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 30 (7) $45.12 $93,860
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 80 0.01 $43.65 $90,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $42.32 $88,020
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 110 0.01 $41.20 $85,690


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 260 0.02 1.24 $36.89 $76,720
Iowa 150 0.10 7.75 $42.10 $87,560
Indiana 110 0.04 3.03 $36.63 $76,180
Ohio 100 0.02 1.57 $37.94 $78,910
Idaho 90 0.14 10.94 $31.36 $65,240




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)
Idaho 90 0.14 10.94 $31.36 $65,240
Iowa 150 0.10 7.75 $42.10 $87,560
South Dakota 40 0.09 6.94 $29.49 $61,340
Indiana 110 0.04 3.03 $36.63 $76,180
Utah 40 0.03 2.23 $32.31 $67,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 70 0.01 0.47 $48.26 $100,380
Iowa 150 0.10 7.75 $42.10 $87,560
Illinois 50 0.01 0.63 $40.48 $84,190
Colorado 30 0.01 1.06 $38.92 $80,960
Arizona 30 0.01 0.98 $38.86 $80,830



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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)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 90 0.24 19.60 $44.76 $93,100
Columbus, OH 40 0.03 2.74 $44.54 $92,640


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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)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 90 0.24 19.60 $44.76 $93,100
Columbus, OH 40 0.03 2.74 $44.54 $92,640


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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)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 90 0.24 19.60 $44.76 $93,100
Columbus, OH 40 0.03 2.74 $44.54 $92,640

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 0.23 18.78 (8) (8)
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 25.36 (8) (8)

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 Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 25.36 (8) (8)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 18.78 (8) (8)

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) $35.33 $73,480


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