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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-4012 Agricultural Technicians

Work with agricultural scientists in plant, fiber, and animal research, or assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects.


National estimates for Agricultural Technicians
Industry profile for Agricultural Technicians
Geographic profile for Agricultural Technicians

National estimates for Agricultural Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Agricultural Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
13,560 3.9 % $ 21.56 $ 44,850 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Agricultural Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.95 $ 15.46 $ 19.44 $ 24.45 $ 29.91
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,010 $ 32,160 $ 40,430 $ 50,860 $ 62,200


Industry profile for Agricultural Technicians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Agricultural Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,780 0.09 $ 23.49 $ 48,860
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,290 0.29 $ 21.72 $ 45,170
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,020 0.07 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Support Activities for Animal Production 940 2.99 $ 19.12 $ 39,770
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 810 0.15 $ 22.36 $ 46,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Agricultural Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Animal Production 940 2.99 $ 19.12 $ 39,770
Grain and Oilseed Milling 270 0.42 $ 22.11 $ 45,990
Animal Food Manufacturing 230 0.34 $ 23.80 $ 49,500
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,290 0.29 $ 21.72 $ 45,170
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.15 $ 28.42 $ 59,110

Top paying industries for Agricultural Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beverage Manufacturing 130 0.05 $ 32.10 $ 66,760
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.15 $ 28.42 $ 59,110
Elementary and Secondary Schools (8) (8) $ 28.40 $ 59,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises 540 0.02 $ 25.02 $ 52,050
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 80 0.02 $ 24.05 $ 50,030


Geographic profile for Agricultural Technicians:

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



Map of employment of agricultural technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Agricultural Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 1,370 0.24 2.54 $ 18.30 $ 38,060
California 1,300 0.08 0.82 $ 24.49 $ 50,930
Washington 940 0.29 3.05 $ 22.69 $ 47,190
Iowa 780 0.52 5.44 $ 21.75 $ 45,230
Indiana 700 0.24 2.45 $ 23.35 $ 48,560


Map of location quotient of agricultural technicians by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 270 0.64 6.63 $ 17.29 $ 35,960
Nebraska 580 0.61 6.32 $ 24.50 $ 50,960
Iowa 780 0.52 5.44 $ 21.75 $ 45,230
North Dakota 190 0.48 4.96 $ 18.40 $ 38,270
Arkansas 430 0.36 3.74 $ 20.38 $ 42,390


Map of annual mean wages of agricultural technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Agricultural Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 50 0.02 0.16 $ 27.50 $ 57,200
Vermont 60 0.20 2.10 $ 26.47 $ 55,060
Arizona (8) (8) (8) $ 26.06 $ 54,200
Maryland 320 0.13 1.31 $ 25.04 $ 52,080
Nebraska 580 0.61 6.32 $ 24.50 $ 50,960



Map of employment of agricultural technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Agricultural Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Madison, WI 250 0.66 6.90 $ 18.47 $ 38,420
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 230 0.65 6.71 $ 22.74 $ 47,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 210 0.07 0.74 $ 26.69 $ 55,520
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 200 0.20 2.09 $ 27.78 $ 57,780
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 190 0.17 1.78 $ 21.21 $ 44,120
Ames, IA 180 4.09 42.52 $ 22.51 $ 46,830
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 180 0.54 5.61 $ 20.87 $ 43,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.08 0.80 $ 22.45 $ 46,700
Columbus, OH 140 0.13 1.39 $ 18.97 $ 39,450
Lincoln, NE 140 0.80 8.36 $ 17.61 $ 36,630


Map of location quotient of agricultural technicians by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ames, IA 180 4.09 42.52 $ 22.51 $ 46,830
Corvallis, OR 120 3.40 35.35 $ 27.88 $ 57,990
Manhattan, KS 110 2.94 30.55 $ 18.26 $ 37,980
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 130 1.48 15.38 $ 25.42 $ 52,880
Twin Falls, ID 60 1.29 13.44 $ 17.52 $ 36,450
Champaign-Urbana, IL 100 0.99 10.26 $ 23.14 $ 48,140
Fargo, ND-MN 130 0.94 9.81 $ 20.15 $ 41,910
Albany, OR 40 0.93 9.70 $ 18.55 $ 38,590
Lincoln, NE 140 0.80 8.36 $ 17.61 $ 36,630
Madison, WI 250 0.66 6.90 $ 18.47 $ 38,420


Map of annual mean wages of agricultural technicians by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Agricultural Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (8) (8) (8) $ 28.51 $ 59,300
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 40 0.05 0.54 $ 27.91 $ 58,050
Corvallis, OR 120 3.40 35.35 $ 27.88 $ 57,990
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 200 0.20 2.09 $ 27.78 $ 57,780
Stockton-Lodi, CA 40 0.17 1.77 $ 27.45 $ 57,090
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 0.31 $ 27.42 $ 57,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 110 0.05 0.50 $ 27.03 $ 56,230
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 210 0.07 0.74 $ 26.69 $ 55,520
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 25.85 $ 53,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 25.77 $ 53,600

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Agricultural Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 240 1.68 17.49 $ 27.14 $ 56,440
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.32 13.75 $ 15.77 $ 32,800
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 150 1.59 16.53 $ 21.42 $ 44,540
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 4.70 $ 20.84 $ 43,360
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.63 6.52 $ 19.76 $ 41,100

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 240 1.68 17.49 $ 27.14 $ 56,440
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 150 1.59 16.53 $ 21.42 $ 44,540
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 170 1.32 13.75 $ 15.77 $ 32,800
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.71 7.37 $ 20.34 $ 42,300
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.63 6.52 $ 19.76 $ 41,100

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Agricultural Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.57 5.89 $ 30.27 $ 62,950
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 240 1.68 17.49 $ 27.14 $ 56,440
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.97 $ 25.89 $ 53,840
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.40 4.11 $ 24.72 $ 51,420
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 24.29 $ 50,520


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022