Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Work with agricultural scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; assist with animal breeding and nutrition work; under supervision, conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Include technicians who assist food scientists or food technologists in the research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.

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)
18,940 5.0 % $15.37 $31,980 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.18 $11.44 $14.29 $18.29 $23.13
Annual Wage (2) $19,100 $23,800 $29,730 $38,050 $48,120

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Colleges and universities 5,980 $15.58 $32,400
Scientific research and development services 2,030 $17.22 $35,810
State government (OES designation) 1,980 $14.06 $29,240
Dairy product manufacturing 940 $15.18 $31,580
Misc. nondurable goods merchant wholesalers 870 $15.32 $31,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Animal food manufacturing 270 $19.22 $39,990
Beverage manufacturing 210 $17.78 $36,990
Local government (OES designation) 150 $17.72 $36,850
Other food manufacturing 710 $17.41 $36,200
Scientific research and development services 2,030 $17.22 $35,810

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
Nebraska 610 $13.72 $28,530 0.069%
Iowa 880 $17.91 $37,260 0.062%
North Dakota 140 $13.51 $28,100 0.044%
Vermont 110 $13.52 $28,120 0.037%
Idaho 210 $15.87 $33,000 0.037%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Arizona 50 $24.50 $50,960 0.002%
New Jersey 250 $19.60 $40,760 0.006%
Connecticut 90 $19.51 $40,570 0.006%
Pennsylvania 330 $18.98 $39,490 0.006%
Virginia 100 $17.99 $37,430 0.003%

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
Athens, GA MSA 310 $14.04 $29,210 0.493%
Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN MSA 240 $13.99 $29,100 0.228%
Fresno, CA MSA 450 $14.38 $29,900 0.129%
Lincoln, NE MSA 150 $13.94 $29,000 0.100%
Lafayette, IN MSA 80 $9.15 $19,040 0.094%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 30 $28.96 $60,240 0.005%
Richmond-Petersburg, VA MSA (7) $21.60 $44,930 (7)
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA (7) $19.68 $40,930 (7)
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 50 $19.66 $40,890 0.008%
Oakland, CA PMSA 230 $19.27 $40,080 0.023%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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