Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
1,980 7.1 % $37.18 $77,330 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.88 $28.12 $35.40 $44.39 $56.31
Annual Wage (2) $45,510 $58,500 $73,640 $92,330 $117,130


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 $41.67 $86,670
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 290 0.02 $45.92 $95,520
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 250 0.01 $27.95 $58,130
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 230 0.02 $36.38 $75,670
State Government (OES Designation) 180 0.01 $27.91 $58,050

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 40 0.07 $37.40 $77,780
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 130 0.06 $34.42 $71,590
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $41.67 $86,670
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 230 0.02 $36.38 $75,670
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 290 0.02 $45.92 $95,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 290 0.02 $45.92 $95,520
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $45.08 $93,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $42.18 $87,730
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $41.67 $86,670
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $40.27 $83,760


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 370 0.02 1.66 $41.27 $85,840
Iowa 150 0.10 6.87 $43.41 $90,280
Florida 140 0.02 1.22 $24.27 $50,490
Texas 100 0.01 0.61 $39.66 $82,500
Georgia 100 0.02 1.66 $31.77 $66,080




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 150 0.10 6.87 $43.41 $90,280
Utah 60 0.05 3.25 $28.04 $58,330
Nebraska 50 0.05 3.87 $42.47 $88,350
Arkansas 40 0.04 2.55 $34.34 $71,430
Kansas 30 0.03 1.78 $40.22 $83,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 150 0.10 6.87 $43.41 $90,280
Nebraska 50 0.05 3.87 $42.47 $88,350
Washington (8) (8) (8) $41.60 $86,530
California 370 0.02 1.66 $41.27 $85,840
Kansas 30 0.03 1.78 $40.22 $83,650





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 100 0.28 19.70 $43.99 $91,500
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.50 $41.02 $85,330
Fresno, CA 30 0.10 7.07 $47.15 $98,080




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 100 0.28 19.70 $43.99 $91,500
Fresno, CA 30 0.10 7.07 $47.15 $98,080
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.50 $41.02 $85,330




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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $48.83 $101,570
Fresno, CA 30 0.10 7.07 $47.15 $98,080
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 100 0.28 19.70 $43.99 $91,500
Ames, IA (8) (8) (8) $43.60 $90,690
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.50 $41.02 $85,330


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017