Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

45-2093 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.


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)
35,670 2.6 % $12.90 $26,840 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.63 $9.75 $11.79 $14.99 $18.86
Annual Wage (2) $17,940 $20,270 $24,520 $31,190 $39,230


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 Animal Production 13,540 44.99 $13.09 $27,230
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,360 9.85 $11.53 $23,980
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 1,680 0.19 $11.32 $23,540
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,560 0.47 $13.01 $27,060
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,400 0.29 $13.52 $28,130

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 Animal Production 13,540 44.99 $13.09 $27,230
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,360 9.85 $11.53 $23,980
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 630 1.17 $12.68 $26,370
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,560 0.47 $13.01 $27,060
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 110 0.34 $13.70 $28,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 300 0.01 $22.04 $45,840
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 150 0.04 $18.64 $38,770
State Government (OES Designation) 840 0.04 $17.79 $37,000
Elementary and Secondary Schools 60 (7) $16.21 $33,720
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $16.03 $33,350


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)
Texas 4,860 0.41 1.63 $11.69 $24,310
California 2,630 0.17 0.65 $14.87 $30,940
Kentucky 1,950 1.04 4.11 $12.75 $26,510
Missouri 1,530 0.56 2.19 $12.22 $25,420
Iowa 1,210 0.79 3.10 $13.84 $28,780




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)
Montana 810 1.78 7.02 $13.08 $27,210
Nebraska 1,120 1.16 4.55 $13.72 $28,540
Kentucky 1,950 1.04 4.11 $12.75 $26,510
Idaho 690 1.04 4.09 $13.39 $27,850
Wyoming 240 0.87 3.42 $14.13 $29,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 120 0.07 0.28 $17.59 $36,590
Alaska 50 0.15 0.60 $17.58 $36,560
Nevada 130 0.10 0.40 $16.59 $34,520
Hawaii 90 0.14 0.54 $16.49 $34,300
Arizona 180 0.07 0.27 $15.05 $31,310





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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,300 4.82 18.97 $12.67 $26,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 830 0.28 1.11 $11.83 $24,610
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 520 0.21 0.85 $11.33 $23,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 470 0.19 0.74 $17.09 $35,550
St. Louis, MO-IL 430 0.32 1.26 $12.89 $26,800
Ocala, FL 420 4.29 16.89 $11.35 $23,610
Oklahoma City, OK 380 0.63 2.48 $12.40 $25,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.08 0.31 $15.80 $32,870
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.33 $10.81 $22,480
Lancaster, PA 270 1.17 4.61 $14.06 $29,250




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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,300 4.82 18.97 $12.67 $26,340
Ocala, FL 420 4.29 16.89 $11.35 $23,610
Billings, MT 240 2.78 10.95 $13.30 $27,660
Dothan, AL 120 2.17 8.55 $12.24 $25,460
Harrisonburg, VA 120 1.94 7.65 $11.98 $24,910
Waco, TX 160 1.40 5.52 $12.49 $25,980
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 50 1.35 5.32 $11.32 $23,550
Charlottesville, VA 140 1.30 5.10 $15.26 $31,740
San Angelo, TX 60 1.29 5.06 $11.70 $24,330
College Station-Bryan, TX 130 1.20 4.71 $9.53 $19,810