Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupation Profiles



Distinct Groups (14):
Employment: 463,640
Mean Hourly Wage: $13.37
Mean Annual Wage: $27,810
Largest Employment Category—Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse—273,450
Smallest Employment CategoryFishers and Related Fishing Workers--520
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


The Farming, Fishing, and Forestry occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 14 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 463,640 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $27,810.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Farming, Fishing, and Forestry group’s mean hourly wage of $13.37, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $27,810.

Did you know? California (215,440 workers) leads the way in virtually every employment sector in this occupational group. So much so that the cities of Bakersfield, CA (40,950), Salinas, CA (31,320), Fresno, CA (28,520) and Visalia-Porterville, CA (24,680) each have more workers in this occupation than the next highest State -- Florida (22,250).

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)


 Lowest Paid (from lowest)


For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here 

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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