Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

45-2091 Agricultural Equipment Operators

Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
24,110 4.0 % $12.49 $25,970 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.16 $9.22 $11.71 $14.77 $18.07
Annual Wage (2) $16,970 $19,180 $24,360 $30,720 $37,580


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 14,710 5.03 $11.68 $24,300
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,830 1.16 $14.27 $29,690
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,370 1.81 $14.40 $29,950
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 670 0.49 $12.41 $25,820
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 490 0.10 $10.19 $21,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Crop Production 14,710 5.03 $11.68 $24,300
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,370 1.81 $14.40 $29,950
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,830 1.16 $14.27 $29,690
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 670 0.49 $12.41 $25,820
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 140 0.39 $16.07 $33,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 130 0.02 $18.26 $37,980
Services to Buildings and Dwellings (8) (8) $17.29 $35,960
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $16.91 $35,180
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 140 0.39 $16.07 $33,430
Beverage Manufacturing 160 0.10 $15.14 $31,500


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,520 0.39 2.08 $11.75 $24,440
Texas 3,340 0.33 1.75 $10.25 $21,320
Iowa 1,510 1.05 5.54 $14.43 $30,020
Arkansas 1,110 0.97 5.14 $10.92 $22,710
Florida 1,070 0.15 0.79 $11.79 $24,530




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 380 1.06 5.60 $11.21 $23,320
Iowa 1,510 1.05 5.54 $14.43 $30,020
Arkansas 1,110 0.97 5.14 $10.92 $22,710
Nebraska 780 0.86 4.54 $14.72 $30,610
Kansas 870 0.67 3.52 $14.54 $30,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 30 0.01 0.05 $17.32 $36,020
New Mexico 100 0.12 0.65 $17.22 $35,820
Hawaii 100 0.18 0.95 $15.93 $33,140
Ohio 260 0.05 0.27 $15.73 $32,730
Pennsylvania 260 0.05 0.25 $15.69 $32,630

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salinas, CA 1,010 6.56 34.57 $13.31 $27,680
Fresno, CA 640 2.04 10.77 $9.13 $18,990
Visalia-Porterville, CA 490 3.77 19.90 $11.10 $23,090
El Centro, CA 370 7.35 38.73 $9.62 $20,000
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 350 0.42 2.23 $14.30 $29,740
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 300 1.39 7.30 $10.77 $22,410
Lubbock, TX 270 2.23 11.77 $9.56 $19,890
Fargo, ND-MN 260 2.15 11.32 $10.41 $21,660
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 240 6.40 33.74 $10.58 $22,010
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 240 1.26 6.65 $10.79 $22,430




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
El Centro, CA 370 7.35 38.73 $9.62 $20,000
Salinas, CA 1,010 6.56 34.57 $13.31 $27,680
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 240 6.40 33.74 $10.58 $22,010
Visalia-Porterville, CA 490 3.77 19.90 $11.10 $23,090
Napa, CA 160 2.59 13.63 $14.40 $29,960
Lubbock, TX 270 2.23 11.77 $9.56 $19,890
Fargo, ND-MN 260 2.15 11.32 $10.41 $21,660
Fresno, CA 640 2.04 10.77 $9.13 $18,990
Jonesboro, AR 80 1.72 9.06 $13.69 $28,480
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 300 1.39 7.30 $10.77 $22,410




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 130 0.04 0.20 $20.50 $42,640
St. Joseph, MO-KS 40 0.75 3.94 $18.50 $38,490
Boise City-Nampa, ID (8) (8) (8) $17.53 $36,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $17.39 $36,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 60 0.04 0.20 $17.12 $35,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.07 $35,510
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 40 0.04 0.22 $16.47 $34,250
Kansas City, MO-KS 130 0.13 0.70 $16.22 $33,730
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.15 $15.68 $32,620
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 90 0.97 5.09 $15.56 $32,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,800 7.50 39.52 $10.07 $20,950
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 690 1.83 9.67 $14.51 $30,180
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 520 2.40 12.66 $14.93 $31,060
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 460 4.35 22.94 $10.13 $21,080
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 460 1.57 8.27 $11.57 $24,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,800 7.50 39.52 $10.07 $20,950
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 240 5.09 26.83 $15.90 $33,080
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 460 4.35 22.94 $10.13 $21,080
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 170 3.71 19.53 $8.85 $18,400
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 390 2.78 14.64 $14.15 $29,430

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.32 $20.79 $43,250
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 1.05 5.55 $17.20 $35,780
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 2.33 $16.74 $34,820
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 1.69 8.89 $16.50 $34,330
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 240 5.09 26.83 $15.90 $33,080


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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