Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
273,450 1.9 % $11.45 $23,820 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.35 $10.00 $10.58 $11.86 $14.87
Annual Wage (2) $19,450 $20,810 $22,000 $24,660 $30,940


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 218,140 65.05 $11.26 $23,420
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 14,080 4.32 $11.80 $24,530
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 11,380 7.11 $11.92 $24,790
Beverage Manufacturing 5,950 2.62 $13.09 $27,230
Employment Services 4,960 0.14 $11.20 $23,300

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 218,140 65.05 $11.26 $23,420
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 11,380 7.11 $11.92 $24,790
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 14,080 4.32 $11.80 $24,530
Beverage Manufacturing 5,950 2.62 $13.09 $27,230
Florists 910 1.43 $11.04 $22,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Civic and Social Organizations 30 0.01 $16.63 $34,580
Other Food Manufacturing 50 0.02 $16.01 $33,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 620 0.02 $15.49 $32,210
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $15.39 $32,000
Grantmaking and Giving Services 30 0.02 $15.00 $31,210


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 182,570 11.43 5.87 $11.36 $23,630
Florida 13,350 1.62 0.83 $10.38 $21,590
Arizona 12,390 4.67 2.40 $9.97 $20,750
Washington 10,490 3.42 1.76 $13.19 $27,430
Oregon 5,460 3.05 1.56 $12.20 $25,380




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 182,570 11.43 5.87 $11.36 $23,630
Arizona 12,390 4.67 2.40 $9.97 $20,750
Idaho 2,280 3.44 1.76 $10.34 $21,510
Washington 10,490 3.42 1.76 $13.19 $27,430
Oregon 5,460 3.05 1.56 $12.20 $25,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 800 0.82 0.42 $16.01 $33,290
Illinois 2,220 0.38 0.19 $14.87 $30,930
Nevada 200 0.16 0.08 $14.59 $30,340
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $14.35 $29,840
Delaware 120 0.27 0.14 $14.11 $29,340





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 37,980 129.15 66.31 $10.69 $22,230
Salinas, CA 29,030 176.14 90.43 $12.31 $25,610
Fresno, CA 25,500 72.71 37.33 $10.76 $22,370
Visalia-Porterville, CA 22,020 150.78 77.41 $11.53 $23,980
Yuma, AZ 8,350 137.69 70.69 $9.71 $20,200
Stockton-Lodi, CA 8,270 36.30 18.64 $11.16 $23,210
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 6,520 35.76 18.36 $11.57 $24,060
El Centro, CA 5,990 111.16 57.07 $10.99 $22,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 5,960 4.37 2.24 $11.16 $23,220
Madera, CA 5,070 120.18 61.70 $10.92 $22,720




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 29,030 176.14 90.43 $12.31 $25,610
Visalia-Porterville, CA 22,020 150.78 77.41 $11.53 $23,980
Yuma, AZ 8,350 137.69 70.69 $9.71 $20,200
Bakersfield, CA 37,980 129.15 66.31 $10.69 $22,230
Madera, CA 5,070 120.18 61.70 $10.92 $22,720
El Centro, CA 5,990 111.16 57.07 $10.99 $22,850
Fresno, CA 25,500 72.71 37.33 $10.76 $22,370
Merced, CA 3,600 54.90 28.19 $10.70 $22,260
Yakima, WA 4,520 53.12 27.27 $13.31 $27,680
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 2,110 52.62 27.02 $10.42 $21,670