Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

45-2041 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition. Exclude "Agricultural Inspectors" (45-2011).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
51,210 4.0 % $8.53 $17,740 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.11 $6.93 $7.78 $9.55 $11.73
Annual Wage (2) $12,710 $14,420 $16,170 $19,870 $24,400

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 16,960 $7.32 $15,230 1 30
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 7,480 $8.45 $17,570 2 25
Grocery stores 4,720 $10.04 $20,880 3 12
Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty 3,310 $8.81 $18,320 4 22
Farm product raw material merch. whls. 3,220 $10.01 $20,810 5 13

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
State government (OES designation) 260 $13.58 $28,240 11 1
Sawmills and wood preservation 90 $12.54 $26,080 20 2
Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing (6) $12.20 $25,370 (6) 3
Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers 220 $12.09 $25,140 13 4
Grain and oilseed milling 250 $12.03 $25,030 12 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
Idaho 1,700 $7.34 $15,260 0.301% 563
South Dakota 520 $9.56 $19,890 0.147% 413
Washington 3,630 $8.49 $17,670 0.142% 706
North Dakota 440 $10.43 $21,700 0.140% 419
Nebraska 1,150 $9.93 $20,650 0.131% 539

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Hampshire (6) $12.87 $26,760 (6) 446
Kansas 140 $11.20 $23,300 0.011% 515
Massachusetts 850 $11.01 $22,900 0.027% 637
Minnesota 530 $10.95 $22,770 0.020% 621
Iowa 770 $10.91 $22,690 0.054% 530

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
Visalia-Tulare-Porterville, CA MSA 1,860 $7.55 $15,700 1.515%
Yakima, WA MSA 1,150 $8.71 $18,120 1.502%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 2,170 $7.53 $15,660 0.975%
Fresno, CA MSA 2,480 $7.41 $15,420 0.726%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 450 $8.55 $17,790 0.567%

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 70 $16.81 $34,970 0.011%
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 30 $14.17 $29,480 0.018%
Oklahoma City, OK MSA (6) $11.69 $24,320 (6)
Wichita, KS MSA (6) $11.68 $24,290 (6)
Portland, ME MSA 60 $11.49 $23,910 0.039%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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