Industries at a Glance

Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry: NAICS 115

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About the Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry subsector

The support activities for agriculture and forestry subsector is part of the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector.

Industries in the Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry subsector provide support services that are an essential part of agricultural and forestry production. These support activities may be performed by the agriculture or forestry producing establishment or conducted independently as an alternative source of inputs required for the production process for a given crop, animal, or forestry industry. Establishments that primarily perform these activities independent of the agriculture or forestry producing establishment are in this subsector.

North American Industry Classification System

The support activities for agriculture and forestry subsector consists of these industry groups:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in support activities for agriculture and forestry. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry , data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Agricultural equipment operators

13,040

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

210,900

Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals

13,080

First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

7,890

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

15,970

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for support activities for agriculture and forestry.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings

Recent hourly and annual earnings for occupations commonly found in support activities for agriculture and forestry.

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Agricultural equipment operators

$11.07 $12.17 $23,030 $25,320

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

$8.92 $9.27 $18,540 $19,290

Farmworkers, farm and ranch animals

$11.22 $12.04 $23,330 $25,050

First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

$18.38 $20.04 $38,240 $41,680

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

$8.98 $9.27 $18,680 $19,280

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in support activities for agriculture and forestry. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

38 49 34 (P) 30

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.9 4.8 5.3

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.9 2.7 3.5

Cases involving days away from work

1.6 1.5 1.8

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.3 1.1 1.7

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in support activities for agriculture and forestry.

Establishments

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2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013
4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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18,145 18,292 18,428 (P) 18,517

Local government

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41 39 39 (P) 39

State government

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71 71 72 (P) 72

Federal government

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4 4 4 (P) 4

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

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Data extracted on: September 19, 2014

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