Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Work with agricultural and food scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; and assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Includes technicians who assist food scientists or technologists in the research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.


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)
21,120 3.0 % $20.63 $42,910 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.67 $15.42 $19.19 $24.00 $30.16
Annual Wage (2) $26,350 $32,070 $39,910 $49,920 $62,740


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,870 0.16 $21.71 $45,160
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,140 0.33 $22.44 $46,670
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,760 1.25 $20.25 $42,120
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,350 0.81 $18.74 $38,980
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,030 0.08 $16.71 $34,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Animal Production 790 2.60 $16.83 $35,010
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,760 1.25 $20.25 $42,120
Grain and Oilseed Milling 660 1.10 $20.11 $41,840
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,350 0.81 $18.74 $38,980
Animal Food Manufacturing 450 0.75 $20.58 $42,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 680 0.13 $27.42 $57,030
Management of Companies and Enterprises 630 0.03 $24.39 $50,730
Beverage Manufacturing 540 0.22 $24.10 $50,130
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 150 0.02 $23.21 $48,270
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 350 0.04 $22.46 $46,720


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 3,640 0.22 1.47 $20.80 $43,270
Iowa 1,790 1.17 7.89 $23.03 $47,900
Wisconsin 1,220 0.43 2.91 $19.29 $40,120
Texas 1,170 0.10 0.67 $20.72 $43,100
New York 1,080 0.12 0.79 $24.11 $50,140




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 1,790 1.17 7.89 $23.03 $47,900
Nebraska 640 0.66 4.46 $20.64 $42,930
Idaho 410 0.60 4.03 $17.97 $37,380
South Dakota 220 0.53 3.60 $13.52 $28,130
Arkansas 620 0.51 3.47 $18.94 $39,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 250 0.06 0.42 $31.09 $64,670
Massachusetts 130 0.04 0.25 $27.11 $56,380
New York 1,080 0.12 0.79 $24.11 $50,140
Alabama 110 0.06 0.40 $23.90 $49,710
Iowa 1,790 1.17 7.89 $23.03 $47,900



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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)
Ithaca, NY 720 14.33 96.68 $26.70 $55,530
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 620 1.72 11.59 $28.66 $59,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 570 0.53 3.54 $23.41 $48,700
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.10 0.67 $19.33 $40,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 430 0.22 1.50 $21.17 $44,030
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 350 0.10 0.64 $19.32 $40,180
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.30 1.99 (8) (8)
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 320 1.33 8.99 $18.21 $37,880
Columbus, OH 290 0.28 1.90 $16.91 $35,170
St. Louis, MO-IL 290 0.21 1.45 $24.06 $50,050


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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)
Ithaca, NY 720 14.33 96.68 $26.70 $55,530
Ames, IA 220 5.11 34.46 $19.74 $41,050
Corvallis, OR 130 3.60 24.28 $24.32 $50,580
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 80 1.96 13.23 $20.69 $43,030
Manhattan, KS 70 1.95 13.17 $17.58 $36,560
College Station-Bryan, TX 200 1.82 12.25 $19.41 $40,370
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 620 1.72 11.59 $28.66 $59,600
Napa, CA 120 1.63 11.00 $22.16 $46,100
Grand Forks, ND-MN 70 1.46 9.88 $18.51 $38,500
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 320 1.33 8.99 $18.21 $37,880


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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)
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 130 0.11 0.74 $30.67 $63,790
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 620 1.72 11.59 $28.66 $59,600
Raleigh, NC 80 0.12 0.84 $28.35 $58,960
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 90 0.05 0.34 $28.00 $58,250
Ithaca, NY 720 14.33 96.68 $26.70 $55,530
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $25.00 $52,010
Salinas, CA 70 0.40 2.72 $24.86 $51,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 0.39 $24.32 $50,590
Corvallis, OR 130 3.60 24.28 $24.32 $50,580
St. Louis, MO-IL 290 0.21 1.45 $24.06 $50,050

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 490 2.16 14.58 $20.49 $42,610
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.14 7.68 $22.51 $46,810
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 0.73 4.95 $18.37 $38,210
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 170 1.54 10.37 $17.22 $35,820
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 160 2.10 14.16 $17.73 $36,870

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 490 2.16 14.58 $20.49 $42,610
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 160 2.10 14.16 $17.73 $36,870
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 170 1.54 10.37 $17.22 $35,820
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 1.49 10.04 $18.46 $38,390
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.14 7.68 $22.51 $46,810

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.56 $51,080
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 3.90 $23.86 $49,620
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.14 7.68 $22.51 $46,810
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 3.15 $21.92 $45,600
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.56 $21.74 $45,220


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.

(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