Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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.

National estimates 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)
42,890 3.3 % $8.84 $18,390 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.34 $7.08 $8.12 $10.03 $12.74
Annual Wage (2) $13,200 $14,720 $16,890 $20,860 $26,490

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 9,160 $9.24 $19,220 1 21
Farm product raw material merch. whls. 5,790 $7.70 $16,010 2 38
Animal slaughtering and processing 5,470 $9.86 $20,510 3 14
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 2,710 $8.05 $16,750 4 32
Spectator sports 2,220 $9.48 $19,720 5 17

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 290 $16.34 $33,990 13 1
Social advocacy organizations 40 $12.88 $26,790 26 2
Dairy product manufacturing 60 $12.54 $26,090 24 3
Scientific research and development services (6) $12.52 $26,040 (6) 4
State government (OES designation) 160 $12.38 $25,740 15 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 3,320 $8.91 $18,540 0.193% 603
Montana 510 $8.22 $17,090 0.129% 538
Arkansas 1,390 $8.40 $17,470 0.124% 592
South Carolina 1,800 $9.86 $20,510 0.102% 562
Oklahoma 1,390 $8.27 $17,200 0.098% 630

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Hampshire 100 $11.00 $22,870 0.017% 510
Wisconsin 810 $10.97 $22,820 0.030% 609
Nevada 100 $10.93 $22,720 0.009% 548
Utah 100 $10.82 $22,500 0.010% 528
New Jersey 380 $10.72 $22,300 0.010% 638

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 2,020 $9.21 $19,160 0.784%
Fresno, CA MSA 1,600 $7.35 $15,290 0.468%
Modesto, CA MSA 490 $8.35 $17,360 0.313%
Ocala, FL MSA 150 $9.03 $18,780 0.180%
Fort Smith, AR-OK MSA 120 $8.55 $17,790 0.124%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Columbus, OH MSA 80 $13.34 $27,740 0.009%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 40 $12.98 $27,000 0.034%
Myrtle Beach, SC MSA 40 $12.80 $26,620 0.039%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 140 $12.74 $26,490 0.022%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 340 $12.57 $26,150 0.013%

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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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