Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

45-0000 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers ; Agricultural Inspectors ; Animal Breeders ; Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products ; Agricultural Equipment Operators ; Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse ; Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals ; Agricultural Workers, All Other ; Fishers and Related Fishing Workers ; Forest and Conservation Workers ; Fallers ; Logging Equipment Operators ; Log Graders and Scalers ; Logging Workers, All Other


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 major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
427,670 1.2 % $11.65 $24,230 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.23 $8.65 $9.31 $12.97 $18.64
Annual Wage (2) $17,130 $18,000 $19,370 $26,970 $38,770


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 240,370 75.72 $9.75 $20,270
Logging 29,130 59.54 $17.87 $37,180
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 19,140 5.85 $12.27 $25,520
Support Activities for Animal Production 15,010 54.64 $12.87 $26,770
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 13,550 9.26 $11.22 $23,350

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 240,370 75.72 $9.75 $20,270
Logging 29,130 59.54 $17.87 $37,180
Support Activities for Animal Production 15,010 54.64 $12.87 $26,770
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 12,560 16.81 $11.65 $24,230
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 13,550 9.26 $11.22 $23,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 80 0.02 $23.06 $47,970
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 230 0.22 $22.83 $47,480
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 140 0.05 $22.74 $47,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,900 0.34 $20.17 $41,960
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 90 0.07 $18.65 $38,790


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 197,210 13.79 4.20 $9.91 $20,610
Florida 32,410 4.46 1.36 $10.45 $21,730
Washington 16,750 6.06 1.85 $14.80 $30,790
Texas 13,870 1.31 0.40 $11.78 $24,500
Oregon 13,050 8.11 2.47 $13.50 $28,090




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)
California 197,210 13.79 4.20 $9.91 $20,610
Idaho 5,680 9.49 2.89 $13.42 $27,900
Oregon 13,050 8.11 2.47 $13.50 $28,090
Washington 16,750 6.06 1.85 $14.80 $30,790
Arkansas 5,620 4.87 1.48 $13.21 $27,480




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 360 1.12 0.34 $24.06 $50,040
Delaware 910 2.25 0.68 $16.29 $33,890
Nevada 470 0.41 0.13 $16.06 $33,410
Louisiana 3,360 1.80 0.55 $15.62 $32,480
Montana 1,570 3.64 1.11 $15.48 $32,200





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 32,860 119.89 36.52 $9.16 $19,050
Salinas, CA 29,680 190.51 58.04 $9.72 $20,220
Fresno, CA 28,740 91.24 27.80 $9.22 $19,170
Visalia-Porterville, CA 22,420 170.99 52.09 $9.47 $19,700
Yuma, AZ 7,940 142.99 43.56 $9.64 $20,050
Stockton, CA 6,940 35.59 10.84 $9.43 $19,620
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 6,860 5.91 1.80 $10.03 $20,860
El Centro, CA 6,720 129.28 39.39 $9.63 $20,020
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 6,520 22.58 6.88 $9.65 $20,080
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 6,420 38.36 11.69 $9.62 $20,020