Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

49-3041 Farm Equipment Mechanics

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems. Exclude "Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists" (49-3031).

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)
29,500 2.5 % $14.58 $30,320 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.30 $11.34 $14.16 $17.35 $20.77
Annual Wage (2) $19,340 $23,580 $29,460 $36,090 $43,210

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
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 22,200 $14.75 $30,680
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 1,330 $13.55 $28,180
Support Activities for Crop Production 1,290 $13.10 $27,250
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 980 $14.35 $29,850
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 480 $15.59 $32,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 40 $18.14 $37,730
Local Government (OES designation) 200 $17.62 $36,640
Building Equipment Contractors 200 $17.08 $35,520
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 80 $16.61 $34,550
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 40 $15.90 $33,080

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 710 $14.39 $29,940 0.211%
Nebraska 1,770 $13.31 $27,680 0.196%
South Dakota 470 $14.25 $29,640 0.123%
Iowa 1,600 $14.61 $30,400 0.109%
Idaho 590 $13.19 $27,430 0.095%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Nevada 30 $17.32 $36,030 0.002%
Minnesota 1,520 $16.60 $34,530 0.057%
New Jersey 250 $16.49 $34,300 0.006%
Oregon 540 $16.42 $34,150 0.033%
New Hampshire 160 $16.22 $33,740 0.025%

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
El Centro, CA 120 $14.94 $31,070 0.239%
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 70 $12.79 $26,610 0.188%
Jonesboro, AR 90 $12.45 $25,890 0.185%
Grand Forks, ND-MN 90 $15.13 $31,460 0.180%
Merced, CA 100 $15.55 $32,350 0.169%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 110 $20.72 $43,090 0.008%
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 140 $20.53 $42,700 0.004%
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) $19.95 $41,490 (8)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 70 $19.91 $41,420 0.004%
Lebanon, PA 60 $19.03 $39,580 0.130%

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:

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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

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007

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