Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

45-2092 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Excludes "Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products" (45-2041) and "Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers" (45-4011 through 45-4029).


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)
287,420 2.0 % $12.72 $26,450 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.53 $10.92 $11.69 $13.56 $16.92
Annual Wage (2) $21,900 $22,720 $24,320 $28,210 $35,200


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 226,140 65.05 $12.49 $25,980
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 14,310 2.53 $12.85 $26,730
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 12,300 7.54 $12.86 $26,740
Beverage Manufacturing 6,340 2.44 $14.18 $29,490
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 1,780 0.51 $15.60 $32,440

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 226,140 65.05 $12.49 $25,980
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 12,300 7.54 $12.86 $26,740
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 14,310 2.53 $12.85 $26,730
Beverage Manufacturing 6,340 2.44 $14.18 $29,490
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 770 1.04 $16.87 $35,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services (8) (8) $20.70 $43,050
Civic and Social Organizations 30 0.01 $20.01 $41,630
Other Food Manufacturing 140 0.06 $18.54 $38,560
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 770 1.04 $16.87 $35,090
Elementary and Secondary Schools (8) (8) $16.80 $34,940


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 194,850 11.46 5.77 $12.61 $26,240
Washington 11,100 3.41 1.72 $14.15 $29,430
Florida 10,670 1.24 0.62 $11.79 $24,520
Arizona 10,290 3.69 1.86 $12.08 $25,120
Oregon 5,750 3.05 1.54 $12.71 $26,440




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)
California 194,850 11.46 5.77 $12.61 $26,240
Arizona 10,290 3.69 1.86 $12.08 $25,120
Washington 11,100 3.41 1.72 $14.15 $29,430
Idaho 2,350 3.33 1.68 $11.70 $24,340
Oregon 5,750 3.05 1.54 $12.71 $26,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 120 0.16 0.08 $18.63 $38,760
Wyoming 50 0.18 0.09 $16.95 $35,260
Massachusetts 860 0.24 0.12 $16.59 $34,500
Hawaii 490 0.76 0.38 $15.74 $32,740
New York 3,040 0.32 0.16 $15.73 $32,720





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 37,810 123.08 61.98 $11.51 $23,940
Salinas, CA 31,700 176.46 88.86 $13.92 $28,940
Fresno, CA 24,950 66.23 33.35 $11.55 $24,030
Visalia-Porterville, CA 24,890 161.96 81.56 $13.30 $27,670
Madera, CA 7,420 164.94 83.06 $11.87 $24,690
Stockton-Lodi, CA 6,980 28.28 14.24 $12.97 $26,980
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 6,680 35.71 17.98 $12.43 $25,840
Yuma, AZ 6,630 108.24 54.51 $11.50 $23,910
Modesto, CA 6,310 34.20 17.22 $12.29 $25,570
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 5,870 3.93 1.98 $12.01 $24,970




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 31,700 176.46 88.86 $13.92 $28,940
Madera, CA 7,420 164.94 83.06 $11.87 $24,690
Visalia-Porterville, CA 24,890 161.96 81.56 $13.30 $27,670
Bakersfield, CA 37,810 123.08 61.98 $11.51 $23,940
Yuma, AZ 6,630 108.24 54.51 $11.50 $23,910
El Centro, CA 5,260 89.83 45.23 $12.10 $25,170
Fresno, CA 24,950 66.23 33.35 $11.55 $24,030
Merced, CA 4,370 60.24 30.33 $12.36 $25,710
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 2,120 49.41 24.88 $12.07 $25,110
Yakima, WA 4,260 45.90 23.11 $14.38 $29,910