Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
2,330 6.9 % $37.73 $78,490 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.83 $28.75 $36.10 $45.44 $56.17
Annual Wage (2) $47,490 $59,810 $75,090 $94,510 $116,830


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 350 0.03 $44.18 $91,900
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $41.80 $86,950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 240 0.01 $26.40 $54,900
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.02 $40.22 $83,660
State Government (OES Designation) 190 0.01 $27.13 $56,430

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 180 0.07 $34.50 $71,760
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 350 0.03 $44.18 $91,900
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 50 0.03 $33.97 $70,650
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $41.80 $86,950
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.02 $40.22 $83,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 350 0.03 $44.18 $91,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises 140 0.01 $42.28 $87,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $41.80 $86,950
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 0.01 $41.35 $86,020
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 40 0.01 $40.76 $84,770


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 350 0.02 1.33 $42.02 $87,410
Iowa 240 0.16 9.17 $41.90 $87,160
Virginia 160 0.04 2.56 $37.55 $78,100
Florida 150 0.02 1.10 $24.44 $50,830
Georgia 130 0.03 1.91 $34.90 $72,590




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 240 0.16 9.17 $41.90 $87,160
Utah 60 0.05 2.70 $27.34 $56,860
Kansas 70 0.05 3.07 $38.38 $79,820
Arkansas 60 0.05 3.19 (8) (8)
Virginia 160 0.04 2.56 $37.55 $78,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Carolina 40 0.01 0.51 $48.71 $101,320
California 350 0.02 1.33 $42.02 $87,410
Iowa 240 0.16 9.17 $41.90 $87,160
Wisconsin 60 0.02 1.21 $39.51 $82,190
Maryland 30 0.01 0.77 $38.64 $80,360





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)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 120 0.33 19.71 $42.12 $87,610
Athens-Clarke County, GA 70 0.87 51.46 $28.46 $59,200
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.18 $39.11 $81,360
Ames, IA 40 0.84 49.74 $41.92 $87,180
Cedar Rapids, IA 30 0.24 14.36 $42.01 $87,380
Madison, WI 30 0.09 5.37 $41.37 $86,040
Fresno, CA 30 0.10 5.83 $46.22 $96,130
Modesto, CA 30 0.19 11.38 $36.93 $76,820




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)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 70 0.87 51.46 $28.46 $59,200
Ames, IA 40 0.84 49.74 $41.92 $87,180
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 120 0.33 19.71 $42.12 $87,610
Cedar Rapids, IA 30 0.24 14.36 $42.01 $87,380
Modesto, CA 30 0.19 11.38 $36.93 $76,820
Fresno, CA 30 0.10 5.83 $46.22 $96,130
Madison, WI 30 0.09 5.37 $41.37 $86,040
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.18 $39.11 $81,360




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)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $46.28 $96,260
Fresno, CA 30 0.10 5.83 $46.22 $96,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $44.63 $92,820
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 120 0.33 19.71 $42.12 $87,610
Cedar Rapids, IA 30 0.24 14.36 $42.01 $87,380
Ames, IA 40 0.84 49.74 $41.92 $87,180
Madison, WI 30 0.09 5.37 $41.37 $86,040
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.18 $39.11 $81,360
Modesto, CA 30 0.19 11.38 $36.93 $76,820
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.95 $72,690


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016