Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

19-4011 Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

Work with agricultural and food scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; and assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Includes technicians who assist food scientists or technologists in the research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.


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)
20,640 2.6 % $17.95 $37,330 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.76 $13.35 $16.89 $21.30 $26.53
Annual Wage (2) $22,380 $27,770 $35,140 $44,310 $55,170


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)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,150 0.18 $18.51 $38,490
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,050 0.32 $17.95 $37,340
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,540 1.16 $19.06 $39,640
State Government (OES Designation) 1,200 0.06 $16.43 $34,180
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,100 0.09 $16.24 $33,780

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 720 2.58 $16.19 $33,680
Dairy Product Manufacturing 1,540 1.16 $19.06 $39,640
Grain and Oilseed Milling 490 0.83 $17.07 $35,510
Animal Food Manufacturing 350 0.64 $19.16 $39,850
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,000 0.61 $17.20 $35,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 200 0.02 $22.62 $47,040
Management of Companies and Enterprises 770 0.03 $22.07 $45,910
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 430 0.57 $19.99 $41,580
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 100 0.04 $19.34 $40,220
Animal Food Manufacturing 350 0.64 $19.16 $39,850


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 3,210 0.21 1.39 $17.35 $36,080
Texas 1,750 0.16 1.02 $15.65 $32,560
Minnesota 1,330 0.49 3.19 $19.02 $39,560
Iowa 1,040 0.68 4.48 $16.18 $33,650
Wisconsin 1,010 0.37 2.42 $18.09 $37,630



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)
Idaho 460 0.73 4.75 $16.11 $33,500
Iowa 1,040 0.68 4.48 $16.18 $33,650
South Dakota 210 0.51 3.33 $13.61 $28,310
Minnesota 1,330 0.49 3.19 $19.02 $39,560
Arkansas 470 0.41 2.67 $16.35 $34,010



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 720 0.08 0.53 $24.90 $51,790
New Mexico 150 0.19 1.27 $23.71 $49,310
Maryland 360 0.14 0.92 $21.51 $44,750
New Jersey 220 0.06 0.36 $21.14 $43,980
Massachusetts 140 0.04 0.27 $21.09 $43,860




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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 740 0.40 2.64 $20.30 $42,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.12 0.80 $15.69 $32,630
College Station-Bryan, TX 490 4.94 32.33 $14.38 $29,900
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 470 0.55 3.61 $16.47 $34,270
St. Louis, MO-IL 430 0.33 2.16 $20.43 $42,490
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.65 $20.99 $43,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 330 0.15 0.98 $16.20 $33,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 300 0.12 0.81 $16.72 $34,770
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 280 0.22 1.44 $14.20 $29,540
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.17 1.12 $17.22 $35,820



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)
Ames, IA 220 5.28 34.59 $19.24 $40,020
College Station-Bryan, TX 490 4.94 32.33 $14.38 $29,900
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 110 2.78 18.17 $20.87 $43,410
Lafayette, IN 220 2.49 16.31 $16.02 $33,320
Idaho Falls, ID 100 2.00 13.10 $14.67 $30,520
Athens-Clarke County, GA 110 1.37 8.97 $18.69 $38,880
Champaign-Urbana, IL 120 1.29 8.42 $23.02 $47,880
Lubbock, TX 160 1.22 7.99 $17.17 $35,720
Manhattan, KS 60 1.17 7.69 $15.11 $31,430
Fargo, ND-MN 150 1.13 7.43 $16.06 $33,400



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)
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.39 $23.70 $49,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.47 $23.46 $48,790
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $23.16 $48,160
Champaign-Urbana, IL 120 1.29 8.42 $23.02 $47,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 70 0.04 0.26 $22.30 $46,390
Canton-Massillon, OH (8) (8) (8) $21.76 $45,260
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.10 $21.47 $44,660
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 100 0.06 0.37 $21.09 $43,870
Sheboygan, WI 60 1.00 6.53 $21.01 $43,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.65 $20.99 $43,660

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 210 0.95 6.24 $16.00 $33,270
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 190 1.39 9.07 $16.54 $34,400
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 190 1.53 10.01 $16.95 $35,250
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.49 3.23 $16.30 $33,910
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.26 8.28 $16.39 $34,090

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)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 1.75 11.44 $15.26 $31,740
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 190 1.53 10.01 $16.95 $35,250
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 190 1.39 9.07 $16.54 $34,400
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.38 9.04 $14.14 $29,420
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 140 1.37 8.98 $13.21 $27,490

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 3.27 $21.35 $44,400
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.84 5.52 $20.79 $43,240
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.52 3.42 $20.37 $42,360
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.97 6.35 $19.82 $41,220
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.78 $41,150


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.

(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