Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

45-2041 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition. Excludes "Agricultural Inspectors" (45-2011).


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)
39,810 4.2 % $11.84 $24,620 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.97 $10.13 $11.22 $12.60 $15.84
Annual Wage (2) $18,660 $21,080 $23,340 $26,210 $32,960


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)
Support Activities for Crop Production 15,510 4.50 $11.10 $23,090
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 7,050 1.40 $11.68 $24,290
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 3,050 0.32 $11.84 $24,620
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 2,340 1.41 $13.05 $27,140
Other Food Manufacturing 1,540 0.71 $11.47 $23,870

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 Crop Production 15,510 4.50 $11.10 $23,090
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 570 1.78 $12.73 $26,470
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,080 1.48 $14.22 $29,570
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 2,340 1.41 $13.05 $27,140
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 7,050 1.40 $11.68 $24,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 60 (7) $17.39 $36,160
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 180 0.03 $16.99 $35,340
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 40 0.04 $16.87 $35,080
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 170 0.01 $16.06 $33,410
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 60 0.03 $15.06 $31,330


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 10,680 0.64 2.29 $11.53 $23,980
Texas 4,790 0.40 1.44 $11.43 $23,780
Georgia 2,510 0.58 2.09 $10.44 $21,700
Washington 2,470 0.78 2.78 $14.22 $29,580
Florida 2,070 0.25 0.88 $9.29 $19,320




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)
Idaho 1,220 1.78 6.38 $9.77 $20,320
South Dakota 420 1.00 3.57 $13.23 $27,510
Arkansas 1,180 0.98 3.51 $11.57 $24,060
Vermont 290 0.96 3.44 $13.47 $28,020
Oregon 1,480 0.81 2.90 $11.90 $24,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 270 0.64 2.29 $19.15 $39,830
Minnesota 430 0.15 0.54 $16.26 $33,820
Kansas 240 0.18 0.63 $16.25 $33,810
Louisiana 330 0.17 0.62 $16.15 $33,600
Maryland 240 0.09 0.33 $15.90 $33,060



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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)
Bakersfield, CA 1,520 5.00 17.88 $11.22 $23,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.53 1.89 $10.84 $22,540
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 1,210 28.67 102.65 $10.88 $22,640
Fresno, CA 1,140 3.05 10.91 $11.39 $23,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,000 0.38 1.37 $10.50 $21,840
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 800 0.56 2.00 $11.27 $23,440
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 690 0.19 0.68 (8) (8)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 680 2.20 7.89 $11.61 $24,140
Yakima, WA 620 6.92 24.78 $12.14 $25,240
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 610 3.31 11.83 (8) (8)


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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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 1,210 28.67 102.65 $10.88 $22,640
Wenatchee, WA 360 7.94 28.43 $14.28 $29,690
Yakima, WA 620 6.92 24.78 $12.14 $25,240
Idaho Falls, ID 430 6.68 23.91 $8.71 $18,130
Bakersfield, CA 1,520 5.00 17.88 $11.22 $23,340
Merced, CA 330 4.83 17.30 $11.43 $23,770
Gainesville, GA 400 4.71 16.85 $10.07 $20,940
Visalia-Porterville, CA 510 3.34 11.94 $11.46 $23,840
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 610 3.31 11.83 (8) (8)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 350 3.15 11.27 $14.08 $29,280


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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)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.23 0.83 $18.55 $38,580
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 100 0.08 0.27 $18.51 $38,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $17.40 $36,180
Appleton, WI 60 0.45 1.60 $17.37 $36,130
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 30 0.09 0.32 $15.70 $32,660
Grand Forks, ND-MN 60 1.22 4.36 $15.64 $32,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 480 0.29 1.05 $15.14 $31,490
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 60 0.66 2.36 $14.90 $30,980
Wenatchee, WA 360 7.94 28.43 $14.28 $29,690
Jonesboro, AR (8) (8) (8) $14.17 $29,480

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 Idaho nonmetropolitan area 580 11.84 42.39 $8.73 $18,170
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 530 7.64 27.34 $11.25 $23,400
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 510 2.04 7.32 $10.70 $22,250
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 460 6.89 24.68 $10.37 $21,560
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 460 2.38 8.54 $12.86 $26,740

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 Idaho nonmetropolitan area 580 11.84 42.39 $8.73 $18,170
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 530 7.64 27.34 $11.25 $23,400
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 460 6.89 24.68 $10.37 $21,560
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 190 5.65 20.22 $12.43 $25,860
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 3.14 11.25 $12.87 $26,780

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)
East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 2.76 9.89 $21.51 $44,750
East Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.57 $36,550
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 2.15 7.69 $16.41 $34,130
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 1.60 $15.73 $32,720
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 1.04 3.74 $14.62 $30,420


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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