Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

45-2093 Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch 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. Include workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.

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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)
38,260 3.8 % $8.93 $18,560 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.27 $6.98 $8.22 $10.32 $13.01
Annual Wage (2) $13,030 $14,520 $17,090 $21,480 $27,070

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 animal production 8,230 $9.18 $19,090 1 24
Farm product raw material merch. whls. 5,460 $7.61 $15,830 2 42
Animal slaughtering and processing 5,300 $9.53 $19,820 3 18
Support activities for crop production 4,140 $7.89 $16,410 4 40
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 2,890 $7.97 $16,570 5 38

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 240 $15.67 $32,590 14 1
Social advocacy organizations 40 $12.48 $25,950 32 2
State government (OES designation) 160 $12.23 $25,450 18 3
Dairy product manufacturing 60 $11.85 $24,650 28 4
Animal food manufacturing 710 $11.69 $24,310 8 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
Kentucky 2,750 $9.10 $18,930 0.160% 533
Arkansas 1,740 $8.42 $17,510 0.155% 543
Montana 470 $8.05 $16,750 0.120% 497
Oklahoma 1,400 $8.33 $17,340 0.098% 587
South Carolina 1,650 $9.62 $20,000 0.094% 557

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Nevada 70 $12.25 $25,480 0.007% 441
Connecticut 130 $10.56 $21,960 0.008% 541
Missouri 1,190 $10.35 $21,520 0.045% 554
North Carolina 680 $10.33 $21,490 0.018% 560
Minnesota 400 $10.21 $21,230 0.015% 592

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
Lexington, KY MSA 1,880 $9.26 $19,260 0.739%
Fresno, CA MSA 1,840 $7.24 $15,050 0.529%
Modesto, CA MSA 660 $8.15 $16,950 0.415%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA 370 $8.62 $17,930 0.229%
Ocala, FL MSA 130 $9.14 $19,020 0.156%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 130 $14.43 $30,010 0.020%
Columbus, OH MSA 80 $13.08 $27,200 0.009%
Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA 50 $12.56 $26,120 0.009%
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL MSA 50 $12.20 $25,390 0.010%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA (6) $12.06 $25,090 (6)

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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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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