Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
18,280 3.0 % $17.49 $36,390 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.77 $12.99 $16.38 $20.71 $25.70
Annual Wage (2) $22,410 $27,020 $34,070 $43,080 $53,460


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 4,000 0.14 $17.53 $36,470
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,060 0.33 $18.26 $37,990
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,390 1.06 $17.61 $36,640
State Government (OES Designation) 1,300 0.06 $16.54 $34,400
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,150 0.24 $15.85 $32,960

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 2.61 $14.59 $30,350
Grain and Oilseed Milling 720 1.21 $21.62 $44,970
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,390 1.06 $17.61 $36,640
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,120 0.67 $17.11 $35,600
Animal Food Manufacturing 350 0.66 $18.89 $39,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 40 0.13 $22.40 $46,590
Local Government (OES Designation) 110 (7) $22.36 $46,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises 760 0.04 $21.67 $45,070
Grain and Oilseed Milling 720 1.21 $21.62 $44,970
Animal Food Manufacturing 350 0.66 $18.89 $39,290


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 2,650 0.19 1.32 $16.59 $34,500
Texas 1,630 0.15 1.10 $15.24 $31,690
Wisconsin 1,140 0.43 3.03 $16.93 $35,220
Iowa 1,110 0.76 5.39 $15.50 $32,240
Missouri 1,030 0.40 2.83 $20.05 $41,710




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 1,110 0.76 5.39 $15.50 $32,240
Idaho 420 0.69 4.94 $16.26 $33,830
South Dakota 200 0.49 3.50 $14.31 $29,770
Wisconsin 1,140 0.43 3.03 $16.93 $35,220
Arkansas 480 0.41 2.96 $16.39 $34,090




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 0.02 0.17 $22.05 $45,870
New Jersey 200 0.05 0.37 $21.56 $44,830
Wyoming 40 0.15 1.10 $21.46 $44,630
Illinois 860 0.15 1.09 $21.24 $44,180
Ohio 490 0.10 0.69 $20.98 $43,630





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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 500 0.39 2.79 $23.30 $48,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.12 0.84 $15.01 $31,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 350 0.20 1.42 $19.69 $40,950
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 310 0.38 2.74 $14.55 $30,270
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 250 0.22 1.53 $14.88 $30,950
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 240 0.75 5.37 $15.75 $32,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.10 0.71 $21.40 $44,510
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 230 1.12 7.97 $16.43 $34,170
Ames, IA 210 5.20 37.07 $17.96 $37,350
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 190 0.09 0.64 $16.04 $33,370




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)
Ames, IA 210 5.20 37.07 $17.96 $37,350
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 170 4.43 31.55 $17.43 $36,250
Lafayette, IN 130 1.49 10.65 $15.59 $32,420
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 120 1.18 8.43 $17.98 $37,390
Idaho Falls, ID 60 1.18 8.41 $16.22 $33,740
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 230 1.12 7.97 $16.43 $34,170
Joplin, MO 80 1.08 7.73 $14.79 $30,760
Napa, CA 70 1.05 7.48 $18.09 $37,630
Logan, UT-ID 50 0.96 6.85 $15.67 $32,590
Lubbock, TX 120 0.94 6.70 $11.34 $23,590




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 110 0.11 0.78 $28.82 $59,940
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 70 0.68 4.81 $24.71 $51,390
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.52 $23.48 $48,840
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.31 $48,480
St. Louis, MO-IL 500 0.39 2.79 $23.30 $48,460
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 70 0.07 0.52 $23.12 $48,080
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 30 0.04 0.25 $21.99 $45,740
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 110 0.12 0.82 $21.75 $45,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.10 0.71 $21.40 $44,510
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.30 $21.38 $44,470

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 250 0.91 6.47 $15.10 $31,400
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 230 0.90 6.43 $14.29 $29,730
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.30 9.27 $12.16 $25,290
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 190 1.35 9.61 $15.52 $32,280
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 170 2.40 17.11 $16.82 $34,990

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 170 2.40 17.11 $16.82 $34,990
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 190 1.35 9.61 $15.52 $32,280
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.30 9.27 $12.16 $25,290
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.29 9.22 $13.28 $27,630
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 1.15 8.20 $13.94 $28,990

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.74 $43,140
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 1.54 $20.32 $42,270
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.78 5.53 $20.10 $41,810
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 3.43 $19.56 $40,690
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 3.38 $19.10 $39,730


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.

(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 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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