Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

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


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)
17,150 3.5 % $17.38 $36,150 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.78 $12.84 $16.13 $20.64 $25.97
Annual Wage (2) $22,420 $26,710 $33,550 $42,920 $54,020


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,930 0.14 $17.33 $36,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,740 0.28 $18.42 $38,320
State Government (OES Designation) 1,500 0.07 $16.63 $34,580
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,230 0.93 $17.92 $37,270
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,180 0.24 $14.67 $30,510

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 Animal Production 720 2.69 $14.74 $30,650
Grain and Oilseed Milling 620 1.07 $22.66 $47,140
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,230 0.93 $17.92 $37,270
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 450 0.67 $17.01 $35,370
Animal Food Manufacturing 320 0.62 $18.54 $38,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 520 0.03 $23.33 $48,520
Grain and Oilseed Milling 620 1.07 $22.66 $47,140
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 40 0.13 $21.37 $44,460
Local Government (OES Designation) 90 (7) $21.19 $44,080
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 50 0.04 $20.43 $42,500


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 2,760 0.20 1.47 $16.82 $34,980
Texas 2,020 0.20 1.46 $14.59 $30,340
Wisconsin 990 0.37 2.80 $15.88 $33,020
Iowa 890 0.61 4.58 $15.73 $32,730
Illinois 790 0.14 1.06 $20.79 $43,240




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)
Idaho 370 0.62 4.61 $15.96 $33,200
Iowa 890 0.61 4.58 $15.73 $32,730
South Dakota 210 0.54 4.04 $13.60 $28,290
Wisconsin 990 0.37 2.80 $15.88 $33,020
Arkansas 370 0.33 2.45 $17.69 $36,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 50 0.03 0.19 $23.62 $49,140
New Jersey 210 0.06 0.42 $22.93 $47,690
Missouri 720 0.28 2.08 $22.32 $46,420
Alabama 130 0.07 0.53 $21.48 $44,670
Illinois 790 0.14 1.06 $20.79 $43,240





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.11 0.79 $15.46 $32,160
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 270 0.33 2.50 $15.28 $31,780
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 260 0.82 6.14 $16.86 $35,070
Columbus, OH 250 0.28 2.10 $14.00 $29,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.15 1.09 $18.18 $37,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.12 0.91 $16.48 $34,280
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 220 0.20 1.47 $14.80 $30,780
Fresno, CA 200 0.65 4.87 $16.51 $34,340
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 180 0.07 0.54 $13.66 $28,400
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.12 0.91 $14.34 $29,830




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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 160 4.29 32.09 $17.18 $35,740
Ames, IA 100 2.41 18.02 $19.79 $41,160
Manhattan, KS 90 1.77 13.26 $18.97 $39,460
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 150 1.48 11.10 $16.39 $34,080
College Station-Bryan, TX 110 1.20 8.97 $15.79 $32,850
Logan, UT-ID 60 1.18 8.82 $13.54 $28,150
Waco, TX 120 1.17 8.78 $14.90 $30,990
Merced, CA 70 1.16 8.67 $16.51 $34,340
Napa, CA 60 0.96 7.21 $16.29 $33,880
Lubbock, TX 120 0.96 7.17 $11.19 $23,280




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.56 $30.48 $63,400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $24.04 $50,000
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.07 0.50 $23.22 $48,290
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 70 0.07 0.54 $23.18 $48,220
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 70 0.07 0.50 $22.86 $47,550
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 140 0.08 0.58 $22.68 $47,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 90 0.05 0.38 $21.33 $44,370
Salinas, CA 90 0.58 4.35 $21.21 $44,110
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 30 0.07 0.49 $20.62 $42,890
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 30 0.33 2.50 $20.28 $42,180

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 360 1.29 9.65 $13.85 $28,810
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 2.84 21.24 $15.50 $32,230
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.23 9.19 $12.99 $27,020
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 1.08 8.09 $15.65 $32,550
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.56 4.20 $13.78 $28,650

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)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 200 2.84 21.24 $15.50 $32,230
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 360 1.29 9.65 $13.85 $28,810
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.23 9.19 $12.99 $27,020
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.18 8.83 $15.89 $33,040
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 1.08 8.09 $15.65 $32,550

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.68 5.08 $20.44 $42,510
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.89 $41,370
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.83 6.23 $19.70 $40,970
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.48 $18.44 $38,350
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.43 3.20 $18.14 $37,730


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.

(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 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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