Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

45-2041 Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition. Excludes "Agricultural Inspectors" (45-2011).


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)
40,970 3.5 % $9.95 $20,690 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.10 $8.58 $9.17 $10.80 $12.98
Annual Wage (2) $16,840 $17,850 $19,080 $22,470 $27,010


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 16,930 5.73 $9.34 $19,420
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,550 0.78 $9.40 $19,550
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 3,970 2.39 $9.80 $20,390
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 3,160 0.65 $10.98 $22,830
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 2,000 2.66 $11.53 $23,980

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 16,930 5.73 $9.34 $19,420
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 2,000 2.66 $11.53 $23,980
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 3,970 2.39 $9.80 $20,390
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 650 2.06 $9.74 $20,260
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 5,550 0.78 $9.40 $19,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 110 0.01 $19.08 $39,690
Animal Food Manufacturing 60 0.12 $14.40 $29,960
State Government (OES Designation) 100 (7) $12.88 $26,800
Dairy Product Manufacturing 40 0.03 $12.76 $26,530
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,450 0.07 $12.67 $26,360


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 13,160 0.94 2.93 $9.26 $19,270
Washington 3,820 1.40 4.40 $10.81 $22,490
Florida 3,580 0.50 1.57 $8.54 $17,770
Texas 2,750 0.27 0.84 $9.48 $19,710
Oregon 1,600 1.01 3.16 $9.61 $19,990




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 1,490 2.51 7.87 $8.79 $18,290
Washington 3,820 1.40 4.40 $10.81 $22,490
Vermont 320 1.11 3.49 $10.60 $22,050
South Dakota 430 1.08 3.39 $11.99 $24,940
Oregon 1,600 1.01 3.16 $9.61 $19,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ohio 260 0.05 0.16 $14.13 $29,390
North Dakota 190 0.50 1.56 $14.10 $29,330
Kansas 190 0.14 0.45 $13.62 $28,340
Minnesota 270 0.10 0.32 $13.51 $28,100
Maryland 70 0.03 0.08 $13.46 $28,000





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)
Stockton, CA 2,050 10.51 32.93 $9.08 $18,900
Visalia-Porterville, CA 1,590 12.05 37.74 $9.07 $18,870
Yakima, WA 1,570 19.96 62.49 $11.58 $24,090
Salinas, CA 1,360 8.98 28.10 $9.48 $19,730
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,110 4.32 13.52 $8.71 $18,120
Fresno, CA 1,080 3.49 10.92 $9.36 $19,470
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 770 3.41 10.66 $8.11 $16,870
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 750 0.66 2.05 $8.85 $18,410
Merced, CA 740 12.86 40.28 $9.31 $19,370
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 690 18.89 59.17 $8.53 $17,740




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)
Yakima, WA 1,570 19.96 62.49 $11.58 $24,090
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 690 18.89 59.17 $8.53 $17,740
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 500 13.15 41.18 $9.88 $20,550
Merced, CA 740 12.86 40.28 $9.31 $19,370
Visalia-Porterville, CA 1,590 12.05 37.74 $9.07 $18,870
Stockton, CA 2,050 10.51 32.93 $9.08 $18,900
Salinas, CA 1,360 8.98 28.10 $9.48 $19,730
Idaho Falls, ID 410 8.54 26.75 $8.01 $16,650
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 550 5.53 17.31 $11.01 $22,900
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 500 5.05 15.82 $9.52 $19,810




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)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 30 0.02 0.08 $17.82 $37,070
Oklahoma City, OK 30 0.06 0.19 $16.12 $33,530
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 110 0.22 0.69 $15.95 $33,180
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $15.00 $31,210
Toledo, OH 80 0.28 0.88 $14.90 $31,000
Bloomington-Normal, IL 80 0.92 2.89 $13.98 $29,080
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $13.75 $28,590
Fargo, ND-MN 40 0.34 1.08 $13.49 $28,050
Lincoln, NE 50 0.33 1.05 $12.85 $26,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 110 0.07 0.20 $12.83 $26,680

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 780 16.00 50.10 $8.23 $17,120
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 720 11.06 34.62 $9.17 $19,060
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 500 8.07 25.28 $10.16 $21,130
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 440 1.61 5.03 $8.89 $18,500
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 1.16 3.63 $10.20 $21,210

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 780 16.00 50.10 $8.23 $17,120
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 720 11.06 34.62 $9.17 $19,060
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 500 8.07 25.28 $10.16 $21,130
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 4.30 13.47 $13.68 $28,450
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 280 4.17 13.07 $9.48 $19,710

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.08 0.25 $18.26 $37,980
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.38 $31,980
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 1.42 $14.18 $29,490
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 100 4.30 13.47 $13.68 $28,450
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.58 $28,250


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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