Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
27,200 4.3 % $14.13 $29,380 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.09 $10.37 $13.38 $16.78 $20.54
Annual Wage (2) $18,900 $21,570 $27,840 $34,910 $42,720


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 16,160 4.89 $13.15 $27,360
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 5,080 1.56 $16.45 $34,210
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,510 2.01 $15.89 $33,050
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 360 0.23 $15.19 $31,600
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 310 0.01 $16.89 $35,140

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 16,160 4.89 $13.15 $27,360
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,510 2.01 $15.89 $33,050
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 5,080 1.56 $16.45 $34,210
Animal Food Manufacturing 240 0.43 $14.49 $30,140
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 130 0.35 $15.85 $32,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 40 0.06 $20.85 $43,360
State Government (OES Designation) 40 (7) $19.71 $41,000
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $19.12 $39,770
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.02 $17.42 $36,220
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.07 $17.18 $35,730


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 7,200 0.46 2.36 $13.03 $27,100
Texas 2,540 0.22 1.11 $12.57 $26,150
Iowa 2,000 1.31 6.65 $17.08 $35,530
Florida 1,270 0.16 0.81 $13.09 $27,230
Illinois 1,230 0.21 1.06 $15.83 $32,920




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 2,000 1.31 6.65 $17.08 $35,530
North Dakota 480 1.08 5.49 $17.32 $36,030
Nebraska 800 0.84 4.27 $15.71 $32,680
Kansas 1,110 0.81 4.09 $16.62 $34,570
Idaho 410 0.64 3.26 $13.72 $28,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 160 0.06 0.31 $18.40 $38,270
New York 100 0.01 0.05 $17.46 $36,310
Indiana 710 0.24 1.22 $17.41 $36,210
North Dakota 480 1.08 5.49 $17.32 $36,030
Michigan 220 0.05 0.27 $17.13 $35,620





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, CA 1,180 3.99 20.23 $14.15 $29,430
Stockton-Lodi, CA 1,000 4.59 23.27 $13.97 $29,060
Visalia-Porterville, CA 650 4.60 23.31 $9.73 $20,240
Fresno, CA 510 1.49 7.54 $10.29 $21,400
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 320 0.25 1.26 $12.25 $25,470
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 300 0.28 1.40 $12.99 $27,010
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 290 7.39 37.46 $13.16 $27,370
St. Louis, MO-IL 260 0.20 1.00 $16.00 $33,290
Yuma, AZ 250 4.00 20.28 $11.13 $23,140
Napa, CA 230 3.24 16.41 $14.56 $30,290




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 290 7.39 37.46 $13.16 $27,370
Visalia-Porterville, CA 650 4.60 23.31 $9.73 $20,240
Stockton-Lodi, CA 1,000 4.59 23.27 $13.97 $29,060
Yuma, AZ 250 4.00 20.28 $11.13 $23,140
Bakersfield, CA 1,180 3.99 20.23 $14.15 $29,430
Napa, CA 230 3.24 16.41 $14.56 $30,290
Wenatchee, WA 90 2.20 11.15 $13.83 $28,770
El Centro, CA 110 2.08 10.56 $11.33 $23,560
Walla Walla, WA 50 1.92 9.74 $15.51 $32,270
Grand Forks, ND-MN 100 1.92 9.71 $16.57 $34,460




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.09 0.43 $33.17 $68,990
Evansville, IN-KY 50 0.29 1.49 $24.98 $51,950
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 70 0.77 3.92 $24.18 $50,290
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $22.93 $47,690
Appleton, WI 70 0.57 2.88 $21.86 $45,480
Sebring, FL (8) (8) (8) $20.23 $42,070
Ames, IA 30 0.76 3.87 $20.12 $41,840
Rochester, MN (8) (8) (8) $19.70 $40,980
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 50 0.09 0.44 $19.26 $40,060
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 70 0.83 4.19 $18.90 $39,300

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,130 5.52 28.01 $12.53 $26,070
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 750 5.41 27.45 $17.12 $35,600
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 450 2.74 13.92 $12.87 $26,770
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 390 5.75 29.14 $12.45 $25,890
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 370 2.58 13.06 $16.90 $35,160

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)
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 150 6.04 30.63 $17.11 $35,580
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 390 5.75 29.14 $12.45 $25,890
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,130 5.52 28.01 $12.53 $26,070
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 750 5.41 27.45 $17.12 $35,600
Southeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 190 4.13 20.94 $17.12 $35,610

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 Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.99 5.00 $18.95 $39,420
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 1.78 $17.97 $37,370
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 2.49 $17.44 $36,270
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.35 $36,090
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 270 2.70 13.71 $17.27 $35,920


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.

(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 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