Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

45-2092 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Excludes "Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products" (45-2041) and "Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers" (45-4011 through 45-4029).


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)
253,670 1.9 % $9.61 $19,990 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.20 $8.50 $8.98 $9.84 $12.46
Annual Wage (2) $17,050 $17,670 $18,670 $20,460 $25,910


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 202,100 63.67 $9.24 $19,210
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 13,180 4.03 $10.65 $22,150
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 12,330 8.42 $10.69 $22,230
Beverage Manufacturing 4,420 2.51 $11.37 $23,660
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 4,050 0.56 $11.18 $23,260

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 202,100 63.67 $9.24 $19,210
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 12,330 8.42 $10.69 $22,230
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 13,180 4.03 $10.65 $22,150
Beverage Manufacturing 4,420 2.51 $11.37 $23,660
Support Activities for Animal Production 510 1.84 $11.99 $24,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Logging 50 0.09 $16.20 $33,700
Amusement Parks and Arcades 100 0.06 $15.00 $31,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,580 0.03 $14.32 $29,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 770 0.03 $13.72 $28,540
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 620 0.45 $13.56 $28,210


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 164,310 11.49 5.90 $9.17 $19,080
Florida 24,110 3.31 1.70 $9.60 $19,960
Arizona 9,290 3.85 1.98 $9.37 $19,490
Washington 5,990 2.17 1.11 $11.99 $24,940
Oregon 5,450 3.39 1.74 $10.12 $21,040




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 164,310 11.49 5.90 $9.17 $19,080
Arizona 9,290 3.85 1.98 $9.37 $19,490
Oregon 5,450 3.39 1.74 $10.12 $21,040
Florida 24,110 3.31 1.70 $9.60 $19,960
Idaho 1,670 2.80 1.44 $11.12 $23,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 40 0.08 0.04 $14.58 $30,320
Nevada 60 0.05 0.03 $13.53 $28,130
Massachusetts 670 0.21 0.11 $13.02 $27,080
Delaware 40 0.10 0.05 $12.97 $26,970
Nebraska 740 0.81 0.41 $12.65 $26,320





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 29,840 108.89 55.93 $8.87 $18,460
Salinas, CA 27,590 177.11 90.97 $9.22 $19,180
Fresno, CA 25,440 80.75 41.48 $8.92 $18,550
Visalia-Porterville, CA 19,780 150.85 77.48 $9.24 $19,220
Yuma, AZ 7,530 135.73 69.71 $9.34 $19,430
El Centro, CA 6,190 119.15 61.20 $9.22 $19,190
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 5,590 144.23 74.08 $8.84 $18,390
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 5,480 4.73 2.43 $9.11 $18,960
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 5,440 18.84 9.68 $9.18 $19,090
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 5,240 31.28 16.06 $9.06 $18,850




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)
Salinas, CA 27,590 177.11 90.97 $9.22 $19,180
Visalia-Porterville, CA 19,780 150.85 77.48 $9.24 $19,220
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 5,590 144.23 74.08 $8.84 $18,390
Yuma, AZ 7,530 135.73 69.71 $9.34 $19,430
El Centro, CA 6,190 119.15 61.20 $9.22 $19,190
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 29,840 108.89 55.93 $8.87 $18,460
Fresno, CA 25,440 80.75 41.48 $8.92 $18,550
Merced, CA 2,560 42.66 21.91 $8.69 $18,070
Napa, CA 2,490 39.77 20.43 $12.25 $25,480
Yuba City, CA 1,310 36.01 18.50 $9.69 $20,150