Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
2,470 7.3 % $37.20 $77,370 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.52 $28.51 $35.58 $44.36 $55.61
Annual Wage (2) $44,750 $59,290 $74,000 $92,260 $115,680


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 420 0.03 $39.71 $82,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 390 0.02 $39.54 $82,250
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 330 0.13 $32.67 $67,960
Grain and Oilseed Milling 170 0.28 $36.20 $75,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises 130 0.01 $38.70 $80,500

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 170 0.28 $36.20 $75,300
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 330 0.13 $32.67 $67,960
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 40 0.06 $45.40 $94,430
Animal Food Manufacturing 30 0.06 $40.64 $84,540
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 420 0.03 $39.71 $82,600

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) $51.67 $107,470
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 40 0.06 $45.40 $94,430
Animal Food Manufacturing 30 0.06 $40.64 $84,540
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 420 0.03 $39.71 $82,600
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 390 0.02 $39.54 $82,250


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)
Iowa 310 0.21 11.18 $34.52 $71,810
Virginia 270 0.08 3.98 (8) (8)
California 180 0.01 0.67 $36.64 $76,210
Texas 170 0.02 0.86 $39.67 $82,500
Florida 150 0.02 1.07 $22.10 $45,980




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)
Iowa 310 0.21 11.18 $34.52 $71,810
South Dakota 40 0.11 5.79 $28.63 $59,540
North Dakota 40 0.11 5.56 $32.39 $67,370
Kansas 140 0.10 5.41 $35.36 $73,540
Virginia 270 0.08 3.98 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 130 0.03 1.77 $46.70 $97,130
Texas 170 0.02 0.86 $39.67 $82,500
Missouri 30 0.01 0.65 $39.44 $82,030
Ohio 80 0.02 0.88 $38.40 $79,880
Tennessee (8) (8) (8) $37.65 $78,310





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)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 100 0.04 2.35 $48.28 $100,420
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.30 $39.86 $82,900




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)
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.30 $39.86 $82,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 100 0.04 2.35 $48.28 $100,420




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 (8) (8) (8) $55.52 $115,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 100 0.04 2.35 $48.28 $100,420
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.30 $39.86 $82,900
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $35.23 $73,270

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.12 6.41 $30.49 $63,430
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 15.01 $26.84 $55,830
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 11.50 $32.40 $67,400

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 40 0.28 15.01 $26.84 $55,830
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 11.50 $32.40 $67,400
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.12 6.41 $30.49 $63,430

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 11.50 $32.40 $67,400
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.12 6.41 $30.49 $63,430
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 15.01 $26.84 $55,830


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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