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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

19-4010 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

This occupation includes the 2018 SOC occupations 19-4012 Agricultural Technicians and 19-4013 Food Science Technicians and the 2010 SOC occupation 19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians.


National estimates for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
Industry profile for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
Geographic profile for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

National estimates for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
21,940 3.2 % $ 22.08 $ 45,920 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.77 $ 16.61 $ 20.18 $ 25.60 $ 32.03
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,650 $ 34,550 $ 41,970 $ 53,250 $ 66,620


Industry profile for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,950 0.10 $ 20.43 $ 42,490
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,390 1.59 $ 21.82 $ 45,390
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,370 0.31 $ 21.82 $ 45,380
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,310 2.12 $ 23.05 $ 47,940
Other Food Manufacturing 1,160 0.51 $ 23.24 $ 48,330

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 1,310 2.12 $ 23.05 $ 47,940
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,390 1.59 $ 21.82 $ 45,390
Animal Food Manufacturing 420 0.65 $ 21.97 $ 45,700
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,040 0.63 $ 21.34 $ 44,380
Other Food Manufacturing 1,160 0.51 $ 23.24 $ 48,330

Top paying industries for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 420 0.08 $ 27.59 $ 57,400
Management of Companies and Enterprises 680 0.03 $ 26.25 $ 54,590
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 200 0.04 $ 24.56 $ 51,080
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 40 0.01 $ 24.28 $ 50,510
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 960 0.06 $ 24.08 $ 50,080


Geographic profile for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,530 0.22 1.36 $ 24.38 $ 50,710
Wisconsin 1,580 0.58 3.70 (8) (8)
Texas 1,420 0.12 0.74 $ 19.43 $ 40,420
Georgia 1,080 0.25 1.59 $ 22.73 $ 47,280
Illinois 1,000 0.18 1.13 $ 22.68 $ 47,170




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 940 1.00 6.33 $ 19.86 $ 41,300
South Dakota 340 0.83 5.29 $ 15.64 $ 32,540
Iowa 930 0.64 4.03 $ 21.55 $ 44,830
Wisconsin 1,580 0.58 3.70 (8) (8)
Vermont 160 0.58 3.69 $ 21.21 $ 44,110




Top paying states for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 330 0.10 0.63 $ 25.12 $ 52,250
New Jersey 510 0.14 0.86 $ 25.12 $ 52,240
California 3,530 0.22 1.36 $ 24.38 $ 50,710
North Dakota 130 0.31 1.99 $ 23.66 $ 49,220
Colorado 250 0.10 0.62 $ 23.53 $ 48,930





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 650 0.11 0.71 $ 24.35 $ 50,650
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 500 0.44 2.76 $ 20.61 $ 42,880
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 480 0.11 0.69 $ 25.10 $ 52,210
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 470 0.13 0.83 $ 21.80 $ 45,350
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 380 0.04 0.27 $ 24.05 $ 50,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 370 0.14 0.90 $ 24.18 $ 50,300
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 360 0.38 2.38 $ 28.88 $ 60,070
Lincoln, NE 330 1.87 11.88 $ 19.10 $ 39,720
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 280 0.11 0.67 $ 24.47 $ 50,900
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 280 0.09 0.60 $ 19.91 $ 41,400




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ames, IA 210 4.76 30.16 $ 20.58 $ 42,810
Manhattan, KS 130 3.59 22.77 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Napa, CA 170 2.39 15.18 $ 22.96 $ 47,750
Merced, CA 150 2.03 12.89 $ 25.47 $ 52,970
Lincoln, NE 330 1.87 11.88 $ 19.10 $ 39,720
Twin Falls, ID 80 1.77 11.25 $ 17.52 $ 36,440
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 140 1.60 10.13 $ 24.89 $ 51,760
Visalia-Porterville, CA 220 1.48 9.36 $ 21.56 $ 44,840
Wausau, WI 100 1.46 9.24 $ 19.28 $ 40,100
Modesto, CA 240 1.34 8.51 $ 19.21 $ 39,950




Top paying metropolitan areas for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 360 0.38 2.38 $ 28.88 $ 60,070
Cedar Rapids, IA 50 0.33 2.12 $ 27.97 $ 58,170
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 160 0.11 0.67 $ 26.10 $ 54,300
St. Louis, MO-IL 190 0.15 0.94 $ 25.70 $ 53,460
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 70 0.11 0.71 $ 25.63 $ 53,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 180 0.06 0.37 $ 25.57 $ 53,180
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 240 0.10 0.64 $ 25.48 $ 53,000
Merced, CA 150 2.03 12.89 $ 25.47 $ 52,970
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.13 0.84 $ 25.25 $ 52,520
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (8) (8) (8) $ 25.14 $ 52,290

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.82 11.57 $ 14.92 $ 31,030
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 230 1.16 7.33 $ 23.66 $ 49,200
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 0.88 5.59 $ 21.54 $ 44,810
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.30 8.27 $ 20.07 $ 41,750
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 1.68 10.66 $ 20.24 $ 42,090

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 230 1.82 11.57 $ 14.92 $ 31,030
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 160 1.68 10.66 $ 20.24 $ 42,090
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.30 8.27 $ 20.07 $ 41,750
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 120 1.20 7.62 $ 20.32 $ 42,260
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 230 1.16 7.33 $ 23.66 $ 49,200

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Agricultural and Food Science Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.77 4.91 $ 26.64 $ 55,410
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 25.76 $ 53,580
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 3.01 $ 24.02 $ 49,950
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 23.68 $ 49,250
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 230 1.16 7.33 $ 23.66 $ 49,200


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021