Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
20,420 3.0 % $19.46 $40,470 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.51 $14.28 $18.05 $23.07 $29.54
Annual Wage (2) $23,930 $29,700 $37,550 $47,980 $61,450


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 5,200 0.17 $19.25 $40,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,110 0.31 $21.00 $43,670
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,610 1.15 $19.55 $40,660
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,200 0.72 $18.15 $37,750
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 940 0.19 $16.02 $33,310

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 780 2.58 $16.85 $35,060
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,610 1.15 $19.55 $40,660
Grain and Oilseed Milling 510 0.86 $19.41 $40,380
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,200 0.72 $18.15 $37,750
Animal Food Manufacturing 370 0.63 $19.43 $40,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beverage Manufacturing 420 0.19 $25.72 $53,500
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 860 0.26 $25.37 $52,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises 740 0.03 $22.95 $47,730
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $22.49 $46,780
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 170 0.02 $22.41 $46,610


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 2,840 0.18 1.22 $20.40 $42,430
Texas 1,930 0.16 1.13 $17.14 $35,640
Iowa 1,360 0.89 6.10 $22.06 $45,880
Wisconsin 1,120 0.40 2.76 $18.62 $38,730
Minnesota 1,020 0.36 2.51 $20.26 $42,140




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 1,360 0.89 6.10 $22.06 $45,880
Idaho 450 0.68 4.70 $17.06 $35,490
South Dakota 250 0.59 4.05 $13.60 $28,280
Arkansas 580 0.49 3.35 $18.47 $38,430
Nebraska 460 0.48 3.29 $20.34 $42,300




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 280 0.07 0.48 $30.43 $63,290
New Mexico 120 0.15 1.01 $26.14 $54,370
Massachusetts 100 0.03 0.19 $23.74 $49,390
Alabama 100 0.05 0.36 $23.16 $48,180
New York 930 0.10 0.70 $22.96 $47,750





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 560 11.11 76.42 $25.79 $53,640
College Station-Bryan, TX 530 4.98 34.27 $15.00 $31,210
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 480 1.35 9.27 $27.63 $57,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.22 1.51 $20.87 $43,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.09 0.63 $19.98 $41,560
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 0.63 $19.15 $39,840
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 330 1.40 9.66 $18.35 $38,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.29 2.01 $24.96 $51,920
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 300 0.27 1.85 $20.94 $43,550
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 280 0.11 0.78 $17.04 $35,450




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 560 11.11 76.42 $25.79 $53,640
College Station-Bryan, TX 530 4.98 34.27 $15.00 $31,210
Ames, IA 210 4.81 33.08 $19.47 $40,500
Corvallis, OR 70 2.24 15.41 $23.72 $49,340
Manhattan, KS 80 2.04 14.05 $16.89 $35,120
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 330 1.40 9.66 $18.35 $38,160
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 480 1.35 9.27 $27.63 $57,480
Lubbock, TX 190 1.34 9.23 $19.10 $39,740
Champaign-Urbana, IL 120 1.22 8.39 $24.33 $50,620
Goldsboro, NC 40 1.00 6.84 $14.68 $30,540




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 0.77 $32.60 $67,820
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.12 0.86 $27.71 $57,630
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 480 1.35 9.27 $27.63 $57,480
Ithaca, NY 560 11.11 76.42 $25.79 $53,640
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.26 1.80 $25.06 $52,130
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.29 2.01 $24.96 $51,920
Salinas, CA 60 0.37 2.52 $24.79 $51,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 0.36 $24.67 $51,320
Champaign-Urbana, IL 120 1.22 8.39 $24.33 $50,620
Corvallis, OR 70 2.24 15.41 $23.72 $49,340

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 300 1.29 8.90 $19.63 $40,830
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 260 1.62 11.16 $19.25 $40,030
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 200 1.62 11.12 $17.67 $36,750
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.40 9.62 $13.57 $28,230
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 0.78 5.39 $17.43 $36,250

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 200 1.62 11.12 $17.67 $36,750
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 260 1.62 11.16 $19.25 $40,030
South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 120 1.57 10.80 $16.40 $34,110
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 1.47 10.12 $18.92 $39,340
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.40 9.62 $13.57 $28,230

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 60 0.34 2.32 $23.19 $48,230
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.51 3.47 $22.73 $47,270
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 3.50 $21.45 $44,610
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.38 9.48 $21.31 $44,310
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.98 $21.21 $44,110


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.

(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