Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
26,070 4.5 % $15.12 $31,440 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.74 $11.80 $14.48 $17.75 $21.45
Annual Wage (2) $20,250 $24,540 $30,110 $36,910 $44,620


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 14,590 4.24 $14.37 $29,890
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 4,930 0.91 $16.99 $35,330
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,540 2.11 $16.87 $35,090
Employment Services 750 0.02 $11.73 $24,410
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 470 0.29 $15.88 $33,040

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 14,590 4.24 $14.37 $29,890
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,540 2.11 $16.87 $35,090
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 4,930 0.91 $16.99 $35,330
Support Activities for Animal Production 120 0.38 $15.23 $31,670
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 470 0.29 $15.88 $33,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $23.72 $49,340
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 40 (7) $21.28 $44,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $20.61 $42,870
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 180 0.01 $19.59 $40,760
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 4,930 0.91 $16.99 $35,330


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 6,540 0.39 2.14 $14.75 $30,670
Texas 2,590 0.22 1.19 $13.88 $28,870
Florida 1,860 0.22 1.21 $12.34 $25,660
Iowa 1,390 0.90 4.94 $16.93 $35,220
Illinois 1,330 0.22 1.22 $16.72 $34,790




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 1,390 0.90 4.94 $16.93 $35,220
Kansas 1,040 0.76 4.16 $17.45 $36,300
Nebraska 730 0.75 4.11 $18.01 $37,450
North Dakota 290 0.69 3.80 $18.16 $37,770
Idaho 370 0.54 2.95 $15.38 $31,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $21.61 $44,950
Maryland 80 0.03 0.16 $20.30 $42,220
Pennsylvania 320 0.06 0.31 $18.81 $39,120
North Dakota 290 0.69 3.80 $18.16 $37,770
Nebraska 730 0.75 4.11 $18.01 $37,450



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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)
Salinas, CA 910 5.32 29.07 $14.01 $29,140
Bakersfield, CA 910 3.00 16.42 $15.31 $31,850
Fresno, CA 510 1.37 7.51 $13.00 $27,040
Modesto, CA 350 1.91 10.44 $14.31 $29,770
Visalia-Porterville, CA 330 2.17 11.86 $14.05 $29,230
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 280 2.41 13.17 $14.01 $29,140
Santa Rosa, CA 270 1.34 7.34 $15.47 $32,180
Napa, CA 220 3.03 16.57 $17.08 $35,530
Merced, CA 210 3.10 16.96 $15.71 $32,690
El Centro, CA 210 3.46 18.94 $12.23 $25,450


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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)
Salinas, CA 910 5.32 29.07 $14.01 $29,140
El Centro, CA 210 3.46 18.94 $12.23 $25,450
Merced, CA 210 3.10 16.96 $15.71 $32,690
Napa, CA 220 3.03 16.57 $17.08 $35,530
Bakersfield, CA 910 3.00 16.42 $15.31 $31,850
Valdosta, GA 150 2.76 15.08 $10.59 $22,020
Wenatchee, WA 120 2.55 13.92 $13.89 $28,890
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 280 2.41 13.17 $14.01 $29,140
Visalia-Porterville, CA 330 2.17 11.86 $14.05 $29,230
Modesto, CA 350 1.91 10.44 $14.31 $29,770


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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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $22.07 $45,910
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.99 $45,740
Wichita, KS 60 0.22 1.19 $19.66 $40,890
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 50 0.13 0.71 $19.34 $40,230
Iowa City, IA (8) (8) (8) $18.81 $39,130
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA (8) (8) (8) $18.77 $39,040
Lincoln, NE (8) (8) (8) $18.59 $38,660
Peoria, IL (8) (8) (8) $18.50 $38,470
Madison, WI 120 0.31 1.69 $18.40 $38,280
Knoxville, TN (8) (8) (8) $18.28 $38,030

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 Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,040 5.44 29.77 $14.31 $29,760
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 400 4.72 25.83 $15.91 $33,090
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 360 5.26 28.73 $14.60 $30,380
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 290 1.68 9.21 $15.79 $32,840
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 280 1.73 9.45 $12.80 $26,620

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 Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,040 5.44 29.77 $14.31 $29,760
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 360 5.26 28.73 $14.60 $30,380
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 400 4.72 25.83 $15.91 $33,090
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 4.62 25.27 $14.57 $30,310
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 200 3.29 17.97 $13.95 $29,010

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 Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 3.13 $22.65 $47,120
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.33 $46,440
Southeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 2.02 11.06 $20.39 $42,420
Northwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 160 2.62 14.35 $19.27 $40,090
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) (8) (8) (8) $19.14 $39,820


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