Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
22,420 4.3 % $12.12 $25,220 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.93 $8.98 $11.28 $14.44 $17.70
Annual Wage (2) $16,500 $18,690 $23,460 $30,030 $36,810


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support Activities for Crop Production 14,580 $11.35 $23,600
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 3,210 $13.80 $28,700
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 1,210 $13.35 $27,760
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 360 $13.07 $27,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 350 $11.37 $23,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 $17.97 $37,380
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 120 $17.10 $35,560
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 90 $17.02 $35,410
State Government (OES Designation) 40 $16.27 $33,840
Beverage Manufacturing 310 $15.10 $31,400


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
North Dakota 330 (8) (8) 0.927
Iowa 1,200 $13.26 $27,580 0.818
Kansas 910 $13.15 $27,340 0.671
Nebraska 610 $13.43 $27,940 0.661
Arkansas 620 $11.49 $23,900 0.538

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Colorado (8) $17.03 $35,430 (8)
Hawaii 110 $16.57 $34,470 0.187
Pennsylvania 260 $15.80 $32,870 0.046
Ohio 150 $15.41 $32,050 0.029
Illinois 960 $14.68 $30,540 0.169


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Yuma, AZ 430 $9.69 $20,160 7.355
Salinas, CA 970 $12.84 $26,710 6.241
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 230 $11.70 $24,340 5.925
El Centro, CA 300 $9.65 $20,070 5.895
Visalia-Porterville, CA 590 $11.91 $24,780 4.455

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
St. Joseph, MO-KS 50 $22.00 $45,760 0.944
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) $20.82 $43,300 (8)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 60 $20.39 $42,400 0.034
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 180 $18.36 $38,190 0.048
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 40 $18.28 $38,030 0.024


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010