Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
37,780 2.7 % $13.87 $28,840 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.85 $10.39 $12.77 $16.23 $20.12
Annual Wage (2) $18,410 $21,610 $26,560 $33,760 $41,840


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 13,410 43.72 $13.97 $29,060
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,580 10.28 $12.32 $25,630
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,830 0.35 $15.39 $32,010
Employment Services 1,120 0.03 $12.87 $26,770
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,070 0.31 $14.37 $29,880

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 13,410 43.72 $13.97 $29,060
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,580 10.28 $12.32 $25,630
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 720 1.24 $13.15 $27,360
Animal Food Manufacturing 320 0.51 $14.69 $30,550
Other Investment Pools and Funds 40 0.46 $18.15 $37,760

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) 290 0.01 $23.43 $48,730
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 170 0.04 $19.80 $41,180
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,000 0.05 $18.47 $38,420
Other Investment Pools and Funds 40 0.46 $18.15 $37,760
Social Advocacy Organizations 120 0.05 $16.00 $33,270


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 5,630 0.46 1.78 $13.01 $27,070
California 2,510 0.15 0.56 $15.15 $31,500
Kentucky 1,980 1.05 4.01 $13.03 $27,110
Pennsylvania 1,640 0.28 1.07 $12.77 $26,560
Nebraska 1,260 1.29 4.93 $14.68 $30,540




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)
Idaho 980 1.39 5.32 $13.78 $28,670
Nebraska 1,260 1.29 4.93 $14.68 $30,540
Montana 600 1.29 4.93 $12.43 $25,850
Wyoming 300 1.12 4.29 $14.13 $29,380
Kentucky 1,980 1.05 4.01 $13.03 $27,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 170 0.10 0.39 $17.28 $35,940
Mississippi 620 0.55 2.12 $17.25 $35,870
Louisiana 60 0.03 0.12 $16.72 $34,790
Alaska 60 0.19 0.71 $16.73 $34,790
Vermont 190 0.63 2.41 $16.52 $34,370





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 1,290 4.72 18.08 $12.69 $26,390
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 770 0.22 0.83 $11.58 $24,090
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 640 0.22 0.86 $13.02 $27,080
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 490 0.05 0.20 $13.66 $28,400
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 480 0.16 0.62 $15.86 $32,980
Ocala, FL 410 3.95 15.12 $12.63 $26,270
Austin-Round Rock, TX 390 0.38 1.46 $19.23 $40,010
Oklahoma City, OK 390 0.63 2.42 $13.49 $28,060
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 390 0.20 0.75 $16.26 $33,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 390 0.12 0.47 $18.43 $38,340




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 1,290 4.72 18.08 $12.69 $26,390
Ocala, FL 410 3.95 15.12 $12.63 $26,270
Harrisonburg, VA 200 3.12 11.96 $12.99 $27,020
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 250 2.96 11.34 $14.82 $30,830
San Angelo, TX 80 1.65 6.33 $12.98 $27,000
Las Cruces, NM 110 1.54 5.89 $10.79 $22,450
Jefferson City, MO 110 1.50 5.76 $12.90 $26,820
Idaho Falls, ID 100 1.50 5.73 $11.85 $24,650
Lancaster, PA 360 1.46 5.61 $13.29 $27,640
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 60 1.43 5.48 $12.36 $25,710