Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

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)
19,220 4.3 % $16.20 $33,700 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.02 $12.33 $15.26 $19.17 $23.69
Annual Wage (2) $20,850 $25,640 $31,730 $39,870 $49,270

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 6,280 $16.25 $33,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,030 $17.35 $36,080
State Government (OES designation) 1,460 $14.89 $30,980
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,110 $14.20 $29,530
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,110 $16.87 $35,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 60 $22.61 $47,020
Animal Food Manufacturing 310 $20.71 $43,090
Junior Colleges 40 $20.52 $42,680
Local Government (OES designation) 60 $19.51 $40,570
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 290 $18.41 $38,290

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
North Dakota 250 $15.82 $32,900 0.074%
Idaho 450 $19.05 $39,630 0.072%
Iowa 890 $15.93 $33,130 0.061%
South Dakota 170 $11.46 $23,830 0.045%
Nebraska 370 $15.97 $33,220 0.041%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Arizona 70 $26.72 $55,570 0.003%
New Jersey 200 $21.78 $45,310 0.005%
Maryland 270 $19.66 $40,900 0.011%
Connecticut 110 $19.65 $40,880 0.007%
Idaho 450 $19.05 $39,630 0.072%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Logan, UT-ID 120 $13.98 $29,070 0.273%
Fargo, ND-MN 270 $15.99 $33,250 0.241%
Amarillo, TX 160 $12.78 $26,570 0.150%
Grand Forks, ND-MN 50 $14.10 $29,330 0.100%
Modesto, CA 140 $13.14 $27,320 0.084%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 30 $24.76 $51,510 0.002%
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 40 $22.62 $47,050 0.004%
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 50 $21.36 $44,420 0.018%
Boise City-Nampa, ID (8) $21.00 $43,680 (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 140 $20.91 $43,500 0.006%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007

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