Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

45-2091 Agricultural Equipment Operators

Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.


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)
22,820 4.7 % $13.17 $27,390 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.56 $9.90 $12.43 $15.56 $18.71
Annual Wage (2) $17,810 $20,600 $25,860 $32,360 $38,920


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 12,720 4.01 $12.23 $25,430
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,280 1.31 $14.88 $30,940
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,780 2.38 $14.67 $30,510
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 500 0.34 $13.18 $27,410
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 380 0.08 $11.06 $23,000

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 12,720 4.01 $12.23 $25,430
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,780 2.38 $14.67 $30,510
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 4,280 1.31 $14.88 $30,940
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 170 0.46 $14.74 $30,660
Support Activities for Animal Production 120 0.43 $11.86 $24,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Animal Food Manufacturing 140 0.26 $16.52 $34,350
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $16.34 $33,990
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 260 0.01 $16.16 $33,620
Scientific Research and Development Services 260 0.04 $15.64 $32,540
Services to Buildings and Dwellings (8) (8) $15.50 $32,250


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)
California 5,400 0.38 2.16 $11.38 $23,680
Iowa 2,140 1.46 8.31 $15.31 $31,850
Texas 2,140 0.20 1.15 $10.45 $21,740
Washington 1,140 0.41 2.36 $13.66 $28,420
Kansas 1,130 0.86 4.88 $15.15 $31,510




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 2,140 1.46 8.31 $15.31 $31,850
North Dakota 410 1.01 5.79 $15.41 $32,050
Nebraska 890 0.97 5.55 $15.45 $32,130
Kansas 1,130 0.86 4.88 $15.15 $31,510
Arkansas 890 0.77 4.37 $10.93 $22,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 140 0.24 1.38 $19.36 $40,270
Ohio 170 0.03 0.19 $17.17 $35,710
Massachusetts 40 0.01 0.07 $17.07 $35,500
Illinois 680 0.12 0.69 $16.77 $34,880
Colorado 200 0.09 0.51 $16.63 $34,580





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)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 470 1.70 9.73 $10.66 $22,160
Stockton, CA 360 1.85 10.54 $10.93 $22,740
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 350 9.20 52.54 $11.29 $23,480
Salinas, CA 270 1.76 10.03 $15.34 $31,900
Yakima, WA 260 3.27 18.66 $12.59 $26,190
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 250 2.60 14.84 $14.29 $29,710
Kansas City, MO-KS 220 0.23 1.32 $15.48 $32,190
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 220 0.97 5.52 $10.86 $22,580
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 210 1.05 5.98 $12.89 $26,820
El Centro, CA 160 3.12 17.83 $10.52 $21,870




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 350 9.20 52.54 $11.29 $23,480
Yakima, WA 260 3.27 18.66 $12.59 $26,190
El Centro, CA 160 3.12 17.83 $10.52 $21,870
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 250 2.60 14.84 $14.29 $29,710
Stockton, CA 360 1.85 10.54 $10.93 $22,740
Salinas, CA 270 1.76 10.03 $15.34 $31,900
Napa, CA 110 1.76 10.02 $13.63 $28,350
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 470 1.70 9.73 $10.66 $22,160
Yuma, AZ 70 1.32 7.54 $10.98 $22,840
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 110 1.28 7.30 $16.90 $35,160




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)
Greeley, CO 30 0.39 2.22 $20.74 $43,130
Port St. Lucie, FL (8) (8) (8) $20.72 $43,100
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 60 0.34 1.94 $20.31 $42,240
Bloomington-Normal, IL (8) (8) (8) $19.47 $40,500
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 100 0.10 0.55 $18.07 $37,590
Evansville, IN-KY 40 0.24 1.39 $17.75 $36,920
Boise City-Nampa, ID (8) (8) (8) $17.35 $36,080
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 110 1.28 7.30 $16.90 $35,160
Madison, WI 40 0.11 0.62 $16.53 $34,390
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $16.30 $33,900

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 720 2.84 16.21 $9.70 $20,170
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 720 1.88 10.71 $15.00 $31,210
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 520 2.35 13.42 $16.27 $33,850
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 410 2.77 15.83 $15.58 $32,400
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 380 3.61 20.63 $9.55 $19,870

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)
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 280 5.92 33.82 $16.52 $34,370
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 370 3.66 20.87 $14.13 $29,390
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 380 3.61 20.63 $9.55 $19,870
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 310 3.61 20.61 $15.09 $31,390
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 2.92 16.67 $15.48 $32,190

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.58 $44,890
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 3.44 $17.96 $37,350
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.54 $36,490
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.94 5.39 $17.44 $36,270
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.72 9.80 $17.40 $36,200


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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