Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

45-2091 Agricultural Equipment Operators

Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.


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)
28,700 4.7 % $14.63 $30,430 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.39 $11.17 $13.87 $17.17 $21.01
Annual Wage (2) $19,540 $23,240 $28,850 $35,720 $43,690


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 17,390 5.18 $13.90 $28,900
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,560 1.40 $16.61 $34,550
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,770 2.37 $16.63 $34,580
Employment Services 620 0.02 $11.88 $24,710
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 550 0.35 $14.71 $30,600

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 17,390 5.18 $13.90 $28,900
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,770 2.37 $16.63 $34,580
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,560 1.40 $16.61 $34,550
Animal Food Manufacturing 210 0.36 $16.27 $33,850
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 550 0.35 $14.71 $30,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $19.71 $40,990
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $19.55 $40,660
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 110 0.02 $19.19 $39,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 250 0.01 $18.72 $38,940
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $18.48 $38,430


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 7,430 0.47 2.28 $13.57 $28,220
Texas 3,200 0.27 1.33 $12.89 $26,810
Florida 2,020 0.25 1.20 $14.50 $30,150
Iowa 1,800 1.17 5.73 $17.07 $35,490
Illinois 1,300 0.22 1.08 $16.60 $34,540




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 1,800 1.17 5.73 $17.07 $35,490
Nebraska 960 0.99 4.83 $16.59 $34,510
North Dakota 420 0.98 4.81 $18.06 $37,560
Kansas 1,060 0.77 3.76 $17.21 $35,790
Idaho 360 0.54 2.66 $14.46 $30,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 120 0.05 0.23 $20.31 $42,250
New York 60 0.01 0.03 $18.16 $37,770
North Dakota 420 0.98 4.81 $18.06 $37,560
Indiana 770 0.26 1.26 $17.42 $36,230
Kansas 1,060 0.77 3.76 $17.21 $35,790





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 1,380 4.68 22.89 $14.27 $29,680
Stockton-Lodi, CA 1,040 4.56 22.32 $14.54 $30,230
Visalia-Porterville, CA 690 4.73 23.13 $11.43 $23,780
Salinas, CA 660 4.00 19.58 $12.90 $26,840
Modesto, CA 330 1.92 9.41 $14.18 $29,490
Yuma, AZ 320 5.20 25.42 $13.47 $28,010
Napa, CA 250 3.58 17.50 $15.25 $31,710
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 220 0.89 4.37 $10.41 $21,650
St. Louis, MO-IL 210 0.16 0.76 $16.27 $33,840
Santa Rosa, CA 180 0.92 4.51 $14.57 $30,300




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)
Yuma, AZ 320 5.20 25.42 $13.47 $28,010
Visalia-Porterville, CA 690 4.73 23.13 $11.43 $23,780
Bakersfield, CA 1,380 4.68 22.89 $14.27 $29,680
Stockton-Lodi, CA 1,040 4.56 22.32 $14.54 $30,230
Salinas, CA 660 4.00 19.58 $12.90 $26,840
Napa, CA 250 3.58 17.50 $15.25 $31,710
Jonesboro, AR 120 2.31 11.30 $11.40 $23,720
El Centro, CA 110 2.08 10.19 $11.60 $24,140
Modesto, CA 330 1.92 9.41 $14.18 $29,490
Bloomington, IL 160 1.78 8.70 $16.76 $34,870




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)
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.55 $44,810
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN (8) (8) (8) $20.18 $41,970
Rochester, MN (8) (8) (8) $20.05 $41,700
Yakima, WA (8) (8) (8) $19.96 $41,510
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 60 0.67 3.27 $19.33 $40,210
Lincoln, NE 40 0.24 1.18 $18.79 $39,090
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 130 0.13 0.64 $18.74 $38,970
Fargo, ND-MN 100 0.74 3.60 $18.72 $38,930
Evansville, IN-KY 50 0.30 1.49 $17.95 $37,340
Wichita, KS (8) (8) (8) $17.89 $37,200

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)
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,660 8.54 41.78 $12.93 $26,890
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 520 3.75 18.35 $17.11 $35,590
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 410 2.21 10.82 $10.09 $21,000
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 400 4.77 23.31 $15.99 $33,250
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 370 5.36 26.23 $13.51 $28,100

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)
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,660 8.54 41.78 $12.93 $26,890
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 7.33 35.86 $16.80 $34,950
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 370 5.36 26.23 $13.51 $28,100
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 5.12 25.05 $13.65 $28,400
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 400 4.77 23.31 $15.99 $33,250

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)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 1.31 6.43 $28.41 $59,100
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.62 $44,970
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 180 1.36 6.66 $20.00 $41,600
Northwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 160 2.61 12.74 $19.40 $40,340
Southeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 180 3.84 18.77 $18.96 $39,440


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.

(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 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