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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
21,290 2.7 % $21.24 $44,170 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.97 $15.89 $19.65 $24.60 $30.78
Annual Wage (2) $26,980 $33,050 $40,860 $51,170 $64,020


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 4,430 0.15 $22.06 $45,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,200 0.33 $23.55 $48,990
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,980 1.36 $20.98 $43,640
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,280 0.09 $20.51 $42,670
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,100 0.65 $19.55 $40,660

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 630 2.05 $16.77 $34,880
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,980 1.36 $20.98 $43,640
Grain and Oilseed Milling 740 1.24 $20.09 $41,780
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,100 0.65 $19.55 $40,660
Animal Food Manufacturing 370 0.60 $20.70 $43,050

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) 570 0.10 $27.62 $57,460
Management of Companies and Enterprises 690 0.03 $27.03 $56,230
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 110 0.02 $25.87 $53,800
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 60 0.19 $25.51 $53,060
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 110 0.04 $23.62 $49,120


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 3,880 0.23 1.55 $21.83 $45,400
Iowa 2,090 1.35 9.21 $24.01 $49,940
Texas 1,070 0.09 0.60 $22.30 $46,390
Wisconsin 1,050 0.37 2.51 $19.10 $39,730
New York 1,040 0.11 0.75 $24.97 $51,940




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 2,090 1.35 9.21 $24.01 $49,940
Arkansas 650 0.53 3.63 $19.62 $40,800
South Dakota 210 0.51 3.44 $14.12 $29,370
Idaho 350 0.49 3.36 $18.51 $38,510
Nebraska 410 0.42 2.87 $18.82 $39,140




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 400 0.10 0.67 $28.10 $58,440
Massachusetts 280 0.08 0.53 $26.20 $54,500
West Virginia 40 0.05 0.35 $25.61 $53,260
New York 1,040 0.11 0.75 $24.97 $51,940
Iowa 2,090 1.35 9.21 $24.01 $49,940





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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 750 0.76 5.16 $24.21 $50,350
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 640 1.74 11.86 $30.87 $64,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 590 0.10 0.65 $19.58 $40,720
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 500 0.45 3.06 $24.56 $51,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 390 0.08 0.57 $21.65 $45,030
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 370 0.19 1.29 $21.21 $44,110
Athens-Clarke County, GA 310 3.51 23.85 $25.12 $52,250
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 290 1.20 8.18 $18.88 $39,280
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 290 0.12 0.81 $18.25 $37,970
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 290 0.03 0.21 $25.82 $53,700




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)
Ames, IA 210 4.82 32.77 $19.72 $41,030
Athens-Clarke County, GA 310 3.51 23.85 $25.12 $52,250
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 110 2.57 17.47 $20.48 $42,610
College Station-Bryan, TX 240 2.15 14.60 $19.89 $41,370
Napa, CA 130 1.75 11.89 $22.13 $46,020
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 640 1.74 11.86 $30.87 $64,210
Pine Bluff, AR 50 1.63 11.06 $15.13 $31,470
Merced, CA 120 1.63 11.10 $23.10 $48,040
Grand Forks, ND-MN 70 1.44 9.80 $19.29 $40,120
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 290 1.20 8.18 $18.88 $39,280




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 640 1.74 11.86 $30.87 $64,210
Raleigh, NC 100 0.15 1.03 $28.09 $58,420
St. Louis, MO-IL 220 0.16 1.11 $27.23 $56,640
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 220 0.08 0.52 $26.78 $55,710
Kansas City, MO-KS 110 0.11 0.74 $26.35 $54,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 270 0.10 0.67 $26.21 $54,530
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 290 0.03 0.21 $25.82 $53,700
Cedar Rapids, IA 110 0.77 5.26 $25.27 $52,550
Athens-Clarke County, GA 310 3.51 23.85 $25.12 $52,250
Yuma, AZ 30 0.49 3.36 $24.73 $51,440

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 600 2.65 18.03 $20.82 $43,300
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.13 7.66 $23.25 $48,350
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 220 1.65 11.19 $22.09 $45,950
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 1.59 10.80 $19.28 $40,100
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.44 3.00 $18.78 $39,070

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 600 2.65 18.03 $20.82 $43,300
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 220 1.65 11.19 $22.09 $45,950
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 1.59 10.80 $19.28 $40,100
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.13 7.66 $23.25 $48,350
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 1.01 6.86 $13.45 $27,980

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 Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.46 3.11 $24.21 $50,360
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 240 1.13 7.66 $23.25 $48,350
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.70 4.79 $22.78 $47,380
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.44 $22.35 $46,480
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 220 1.65 11.19 $22.09 $45,950


About May 2018 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.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019