Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

45-2091 Agricultural Equipment Operators

Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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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)
21,830 6.2 % $9.25 $19,240 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.11 $6.96 $8.31 $10.78 $13.89
Annual Wage (2) $12,710 $14,470 $17,290 $22,420 $28,890

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Support activities for crop production 15,070 $8.61 $17,910 1 20
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 1,240 $11.28 $23,460 2 9
Beverage manufacturing 590 $11.21 $23,320 3 10
Farm product raw material merch. whls. 550 $11.49 $23,910 4 7
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 490 $9.37 $19,490 5 17

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Dairy product manufacturing 80 $14.53 $30,220 17 1
Agricultural chemical manufacturing 130 $13.91 $28,940 14 2
Colleges and universities 170 $12.08 $25,130 11 3
Lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores 260 $11.96 $24,880 8 4
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 230 $11.71 $24,370 9 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Arkansas 690 $8.21 $17,090 0.062% 553
Iowa 740 $10.85 $22,560 0.052% 491
Nebraska 420 $10.81 $22,490 0.048% 444
California 6,160 $9.61 $19,990 0.043% 649
Arizona 840 $8.52 $17,720 0.037% 574

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Maryland 30 $14.67 $30,520 0.001% 407
Pennsylvania 230 $12.39 $25,760 0.004% 526
Indiana 120 $12.34 $25,660 0.004% 495
Kansas 380 $11.79 $24,520 0.029% 445
Minnesota 590 $11.72 $24,370 0.023% 546

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Yuma, AZ MSA 350 $8.70 $18,100 0.684%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 1,250 $8.61 $17,900 0.546%
Fresno, CA MSA 1,320 $8.09 $16,830 0.380%
Merced, CA MSA 190 $9.28 $19,300 0.314%
Salinas, CA MSA 420 $11.40 $23,710 0.278%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 90 $13.37 $27,800 0.005%
Atlanta, GA MSA 50 $12.59 $26,190 0.002%
St. Cloud, MN MSA 30 $12.56 $26,120 0.033%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA 120 $12.51 $26,010 0.074%
Madison, WI MSA 40 $12.41 $25,810 0.014%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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