Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

45-2093 Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.


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)
29,570 2.8 % $11.56 $24,040 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.03 $8.86 $10.61 $13.56 $17.21
Annual Wage (2) $16,690 $18,430 $22,060 $28,210 $35,790


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 Animal Production 11,780 42.87 $11.63 $24,190
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 6,700 8.97 $10.10 $21,000
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,990 0.41 $12.91 $26,850
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 920 0.08 $10.65 $22,150
Support Activities for Crop Production 720 0.23 $11.57 $24,070

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 Animal Production 11,780 42.87 $11.63 $24,190
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 6,700 8.97 $10.10 $21,000
Animal Food Manufacturing 260 0.49 $12.99 $27,020
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 210 0.44 $13.01 $27,060
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,990 0.41 $12.91 $26,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 290 0.01 $21.47 $44,650
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $18.37 $38,200
State Government (OES Designation) 710 0.03 $16.19 $33,670
Local Government (OES Designation) 190 (7) $14.73 $30,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 30 (7) $13.87 $28,840


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 2,460 0.17 0.76 $12.29 $25,560
Kentucky 2,160 1.22 5.39 $10.30 $21,420
Texas 2,140 0.20 0.89 $11.08 $23,040
Missouri 1,760 0.67 2.97 $10.68 $22,200
Virginia 1,290 0.36 1.58 $11.44 $23,790




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)
Kentucky 2,160 1.22 5.39 $10.30 $21,420
Montana 390 0.89 3.94 $12.17 $25,320
Delaware 310 0.77 3.40 $14.99 $31,170
Oklahoma 1,120 0.73 3.21 $9.71 $20,210
Nebraska 670 0.73 3.23 $10.94 $22,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 60 0.05 0.23 $16.39 $34,080
Wyoming 130 0.46 2.02 $15.73 $32,720
Delaware 310 0.77 3.40 $14.99 $31,170
South Carolina 430 0.24 1.05 $14.79 $30,760
Utah 180 0.15 0.67 $14.18 $29,490





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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,420 5.80 25.54 $10.24 $21,300
St. Louis, MO-IL 770 0.61 2.67 $10.25 $21,310
Ocala, FL 400 4.53 19.95 $10.00 $20,800
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 350 0.28 1.22 $11.65 $24,230
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 310 0.17 0.76 $12.65 $26,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.54 $16.49 $34,310
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.08 0.33 $12.68 $26,380
Harrisonburg, VA 270 4.67 20.60 (8) (8)
Lancaster, PA 270 1.21 5.35 $13.19 $27,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 0.30 $13.47 $28,020




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)
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,420 5.80 25.54 $10.24 $21,300
Harrisonburg, VA 270 4.67 20.60 (8) (8)
Ocala, FL 400 4.53 19.95 $10.00 $20,800
Dothan, AL 200 3.52 15.53 $11.55 $24,020
Manhattan, KS 100 2.02 8.92 $9.90 $20,590
Lancaster, PA 270 1.21 5.35 $13.19 $27,430
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 210 1.06 4.66 $11.73 $24,400
Bend, OR 60 1.00 4.41 $11.56 $24,050
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 130 0.94 4.12 $13.60 $28,290
Pine Bluff, AR 30 0.89 3.94 $9.19 $19,110




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)
Salt Lake City, UT (8) (8) (8) $21.46 $44,640
Visalia-Porterville, CA 30 0.25 1.12 $16.70 $34,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.54 $16.49 $34,310
Corpus Christi, TX (8) (8) (8) $15.96 $33,200
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.08 0.35 $15.88 $33,030
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 30 0.13 0.58 $15.48 $32,210
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY (8) (8) (8) $15.48 $32,190
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 60 0.18 0.80 $15.44 $32,110
Billings, MT 40 0.52 2.28 $15.14 $31,500
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 80 0.15 0.67 $14.95 $31,100

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 680 1.78 7.86 $9.56 $19,880
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 390 1.94 8.54 $13.23 $27,520
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 320 2.54 11.19 $13.04 $27,120
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 310 2.47 10.87 $10.16 $21,130
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 290 1.33 5.85 $11.23 $23,350

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 230 3.30 14.55 $10.43 $21,700
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 210 3.19 14.07 $11.35 $23,610
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 180 2.88 12.69 $12.67 $26,350
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 190 2.68 11.82 $8.95 $18,620
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 210 2.67 11.77 $10.67 $22,180

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)
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.07 $33,430
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 1.29 5.68 $15.87 $33,000
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 1.23 5.40 $15.58 $32,400
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.62 $15.40 $32,020
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.51 2.24 $14.89 $30,960


About May 2012 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 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013