Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
31,540 2.7 % $12.10 $25,160 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.21 $9.09 $11.02 $14.24 $17.96
Annual Wage (2) $17,080 $18,900 $22,930 $29,620 $37,360


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 12,740 45.62 $12.28 $25,540
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,550 9.99 $10.76 $22,390
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,070 0.22 $13.24 $27,540
Support Activities for Crop Production 810 0.25 $12.30 $25,580
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 790 0.09 $10.86 $22,590

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 12,740 45.62 $12.28 $25,540
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 7,550 9.99 $10.76 $22,390
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 350 0.69 $11.57 $24,060
Animal Food Manufacturing 200 0.37 $12.56 $26,120
Spectator Sports 390 0.28 $11.19 $23,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $24.69 $51,350
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 290 0.01 $21.28 $44,250
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 70 0.02 $17.29 $35,950
State Government (OES Designation) 550 0.03 $16.02 $33,310
Local Government (OES Designation) 500 0.01 $15.39 $32,020


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)
Texas 3,520 0.31 1.34 $11.23 $23,360
California 2,840 0.19 0.81 $13.46 $28,000
Kentucky 1,800 1.00 4.27 $11.68 $24,290
Missouri 1,760 0.66 2.82 $11.49 $23,890
Pennsylvania 1,320 0.23 1.00 $12.73 $26,470



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)
Montana 650 1.46 6.25 $11.57 $24,060
Idaho 660 1.06 4.53 $13.16 $27,380
Kentucky 1,800 1.00 4.27 $11.68 $24,290
Nebraska 870 0.92 3.95 $12.18 $25,340
Kansas 1,130 0.83 3.57 $10.79 $22,440



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 80 0.06 0.27 $15.98 $33,250
Washington 420 0.14 0.61 $14.91 $31,020
New York 270 0.03 0.13 $14.85 $30,880
Hawaii 180 0.29 1.25 $14.15 $29,440
Utah 180 0.14 0.59 $13.99 $29,090




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 1,060 4.09 17.54 $11.64 $24,210
St. Louis, MO-IL 690 0.53 2.26 $10.80 $22,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.10 0.44 $14.64 $30,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 380 0.16 0.69 $16.35 $34,000
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 370 0.28 1.20 $13.98 $29,080
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 0.41 $12.47 $25,930
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 340 0.18 0.77 $12.06 $25,080
Kansas City, MO-KS 300 0.30 1.29 $11.48 $23,870
Ocala, FL 300 3.20 13.71 $10.19 $21,200
Lancaster, PA 290 1.30 5.56 $11.94 $24,830



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 1,060 4.09 17.54 $11.64 $24,210
Ocala, FL 300 3.20 13.71 $10.19 $21,200
Dothan, AL 150 2.81 12.03 $9.69 $20,160
Harrisonburg, VA 160 2.68 11.49 $14.18 $29,500
Manhattan, KS 110 2.24 9.58 $10.22 $21,270
Billings, MT 170 2.14 9.18 $10.74 $22,330
Merced, CA 130 1.97 8.45 $11.51 $23,940
Lancaster, PA 290 1.30 5.56 $11.94 $24,830
College Station-Bryan, TX 110 1.13 4.86 $9.66 $20,080
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 220 1.04 4.48 $11.72 $24,380



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)
Corpus Christi, TX (8) (8) (8) $22.76 $47,350
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 0.44 $18.90 $39,310
Visalia-Porterville, CA (8) (8) (8) $16.95 $35,250
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $16.39 $34,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 380 0.16 0.69 $16.35 $34,000
Green Bay, WI 40 0.23 0.97 $16.18 $33,660
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.16 $15.26 $31,740
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $15.11 $31,420
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 100 0.23 1.00 $14.77 $30,720
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 30 0.03 0.12 $14.77 $30,720

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 810 2.10 8.98 $10.87 $22,610
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 490 3.31 14.20 $10.44 $21,710
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 460 3.08 13.21 $14.86 $30,910
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 320 2.31 9.89 $11.00 $22,880
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 4.04 17.32 $12.58 $26,170

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)
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 4.04 17.32 $12.58 $26,170
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 230 3.54 15.16 $10.11 $21,030
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 210 3.37 14.43 $12.01 $24,970
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 490 3.31 14.20 $10.44 $21,710
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 460 3.08 13.21 $14.86 $30,910

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 0.78 $18.08 $37,600
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 3.56 $18.02 $37,490
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.01 $37,460
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.90 3.84 $17.81 $37,040
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 0.84 $17.72 $36,850


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