Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-2021 Agricultural Engineers

Apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.


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)
2,650 6.5 % $37.69 $78,400 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.24 $27.15 $35.88 $45.13 $56.89
Annual Wage (2) $44,180 $56,470 $74,630 $93,880 $118,330


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 450 0.03 $40.16 $83,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 390 0.02 $39.21 $81,550
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 270 0.12 $32.63 $67,870
Management of Companies and Enterprises 140 0.01 $38.34 $79,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 110 0.00 $28.60 $59,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 110 0.19 $39.96 $83,120
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 270 0.12 $32.63 $67,870
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 40 0.06 $43.38 $90,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 450 0.03 $40.16 $83,540
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 390 0.02 $39.21 $81,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $54.65 $113,660
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 40 0.06 $43.38 $90,230
Beverage Manufacturing (8) (8) $40.42 $84,080
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $40.34 $83,910
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 450 0.03 $40.16 $83,540


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)
Virginia 260 0.07 3.53 (8) (8)
Texas 240 0.02 1.12 $41.14 $85,560
Indiana 220 0.08 3.83 $29.42 $61,180
Iowa 180 0.13 6.13 $36.13 $75,160
California 180 0.01 0.63 $37.48 $77,960




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 50 0.14 6.82 $32.29 $67,170
Iowa 180 0.13 6.13 $36.13 $75,160
South Dakota 40 0.10 4.69 $27.70 $57,620
Kansas 110 0.08 3.89 $35.71 $74,280
Indiana 220 0.08 3.83 $29.42 $61,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 120 0.03 1.50 $45.91 $95,500
Maryland 40 0.02 0.77 $42.63 $88,660
Texas 240 0.02 1.12 $41.14 $85,560
Tennessee 50 0.02 0.85 $40.90 $85,070
Ohio 100 0.02 1.00 $38.45 $79,980





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.10 4.68 $53.61 $111,500
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.04 2.17 $23.16 $48,180
Columbus, OH 40 0.05 2.35 $38.92 $80,950
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 40 0.05 2.40 $29.41 $61,170
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 40 0.13 6.35 $35.22 $73,260




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)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 40 0.13 6.35 $35.22 $73,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.10 4.68 $53.61 $111,500
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 40 0.05 2.40 $29.41 $61,170
Columbus, OH 40 0.05 2.35 $38.92 $80,950
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.04 2.17 $23.16 $48,180




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 220 0.10 4.68 $53.61 $111,500
Columbus, OH 40 0.05 2.35 $38.92 $80,950
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 40 0.13 6.35 $35.22 $73,260
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 40 0.05 2.40 $29.41 $61,170
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.04 2.17 $23.16 $48,180

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 11.65 $30.73 $63,930
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 11.99 $25.86 $53,780

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)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 11.99 $25.86 $53,780
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 11.65 $30.73 $63,930

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)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 11.65 $30.73 $63,930
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 11.99 $25.86 $53,780


About May 2011 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.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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