Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupation Profiles


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.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment CategoryFarmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse—273,450
Smallest Employment Category—Fishers and Related Fishing Workers--520

 Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 

 Lowest Paid (from lowest) 

What’s Hot: The First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers (with a mean annual wage of $48,820) top the Farming, Fishing, and Forestry group, followed by Agricultural Inspectors ($44,260). One of the more uncommon occupations “Fallers” (who fell trees) are the 3rd highest paid averaging ($42,900.

What’s Not: The largest occupation in this group Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse with 273,450 employees top the Least Paid list at $23,820, followed by Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products ($24,280.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

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