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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
295,520 2.0 % $13.36 $27,780 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.06 $11.50 $12.23 $14.32 $17.75
Annual Wage (2) $23,010 $23,920 $25,440 $29,780 $36,910


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 232,620 66.21 $13.11 $27,280
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 15,850 2.82 $13.58 $28,250
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 11,950 7.23 $13.77 $28,650
Beverage Manufacturing 6,160 2.27 $15.45 $32,140
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 2,650 0.12 $14.60 $30,380

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 232,620 66.21 $13.11 $27,280
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 11,950 7.23 $13.77 $28,650
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 15,850 2.82 $13.58 $28,250
Beverage Manufacturing 6,160 2.27 $15.45 $32,140
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,020 1.46 $16.88 $35,120

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) $21.64 $45,010
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 140 0.04 $18.54 $38,560
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 110 0.04 $18.06 $37,560
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities (8) (8) $17.80 $37,020
Elementary and Secondary Schools (8) (8) $17.36 $36,100


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 201,440 11.59 5.76 $13.25 $27,550
Washington 12,720 3.83 1.90 $14.82 $30,830
Arizona 10,350 3.61 1.79 $12.92 $26,880
Florida 10,070 1.14 0.57 $11.99 $24,930
Oregon 6,040 3.17 1.57 $13.52 $28,130




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 201,440 11.59 5.76 $13.25 $27,550
Washington 12,720 3.83 1.90 $14.82 $30,830
Arizona 10,350 3.61 1.79 $12.92 $26,880
Oregon 6,040 3.17 1.57 $13.52 $28,130
Idaho 2,180 3.00 1.49 $12.49 $25,970




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 100 0.14 0.07 $19.35 $40,260
Rhode Island 40 0.08 0.04 $17.36 $36,100
Wyoming 70 0.24 0.12 $17.15 $35,680
Hawaii 440 0.68 0.34 $16.79 $34,920
Massachusetts 1,090 0.30 0.15 $16.53 $34,390





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 39,000 123.17 61.22 $12.02 $25,000
Salinas, CA 30,880 168.79 83.89 $14.77 $30,720
Fresno, CA 25,480 65.70 32.65 $12.36 $25,710
Visalia-Porterville, CA 24,650 158.34 78.70 $13.32 $27,700
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 8,830 46.09 22.91 $13.14 $27,330
Stockton-Lodi, CA 7,020 27.76 13.80 $13.78 $28,670
Modesto, CA 6,680 35.86 17.82 $13.10 $27,240
Yuma, AZ 6,380 102.96 51.17 $12.45 $25,900
Madera, CA 6,340 135.82 67.50 $12.20 $25,380
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 5,910 3.84 1.91 $12.14 $25,250