Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

17-2021 Agricultural Engineers

Apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.


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)
2,450 7.1 % $36.27 $75,440 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $22.09 $27.99 $34.48 $43.44 $54.18
Annual Wage (2) $45,940 $58,210 $71,730 $90,350 $112,700


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 420 0.03 $40.75 $84,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $41.16 $85,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $25.45 $52,940
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 220 0.09 $33.53 $69,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.02 $38.44 $79,950

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grain and Oilseed Milling 110 0.19 $35.89 $74,640
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing 220 0.09 $33.53 $69,740
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 420 0.03 $40.75 $84,760
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 50 0.03 $34.29 $71,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $41.16 $85,620

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) 350 0.02 $41.16 $85,620
Management of Companies and Enterprises 110 (7) $40.76 $84,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 420 0.03 $40.75 $84,760
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 40 0.01 $38.79 $80,670
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.02 $38.44 $79,950


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)
Iowa 320 0.21 11.50 $37.80 $78,620
California 250 0.02 0.93 $41.66 $86,640
Florida 160 0.02 1.15 $23.85 $49,610
Virginia 150 0.04 2.27 (8) (8)
Georgia 140 0.03 1.88 $35.50 $73,840



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 320 0.21 11.50 $37.80 $78,620
South Dakota 30 0.08 4.42 $27.52 $57,250
Arkansas 80 0.07 3.60 $36.52 $75,960
Kansas 80 0.06 3.07 $35.53 $73,890
Virginia 150 0.04 2.27 (8) (8)



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Carolina 40 0.01 0.58 $44.49 $92,550
California 250 0.02 0.93 $41.66 $86,640
Ohio 70 0.01 0.71 $38.40 $79,870
Iowa 320 0.21 11.50 $37.80 $78,620
Wisconsin 60 0.02 1.23 $37.29 $77,560




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)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 70 0.91 50.45 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 1.00 (8) (8)
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.05 $40.40 $84,030



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)
Athens-Clarke County, GA 70 0.91 50.45 (8) (8)
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.05 $40.40 $84,030
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 70 0.02 1.00 (8) (8)



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)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $45.74 $95,130
Columbus, OH 40 0.04 2.05 $40.40 $84,030
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $33.65 $69,990

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 50 0.12 6.75 $34.46 $71,670

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.12 6.75 $34.46 $71,670

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.12 6.75 $34.46 $71,670


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015