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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

By Edited May 5, 2016 0 0

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers the field of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s 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. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the following five jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers $43,720

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquaculture, and related workers. Exclude "First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Grounds keeping Workers"

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Support Activities for Crop Production: $35,650
Logging: $50,890
State Government (OES Designation): $56,230
Support Activities for Animal Production: $40,560
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers: $44,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations: $64,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $61,250
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing: $57,860
Florists: $57,550
Scientific Research and Development Services: $56,970

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Oregon: $50,420
Idaho: $41,310
Maine: $49,370
California: $39,680
Washington: $50,140

Top paying States for this occupation:

Nevada: $58,090
Michigan: $56,010
Iowa: $52,370
Hawaii: $51,740
Oklahoma: $50,550

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Salinas, CA: $42,520
Visalia-Porterville, CA: $29,110
Madera, CA: $29,290
Hanford-Corcoran, CA: $32,200
Napa, CA: $47,370

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Champaign-Urbana, IL: $74,830
Olympia, WA: $67,540
Carson City, NV: $65,790
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division: $65,390
Longview, WA: $60,570

 

Agricultural Inspectors $41,860

Inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $45,500
State Government (OES Designation): $40,170
Animal Slaughtering and Processing: $35,040
Local Government (OES Designation): $49,610
Support Activities for Crop Production: $36,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers: $62,040
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers: $52,190
Local Government (OES Designation): $49,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $48,780
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $46,310

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Idaho: $32,760
Arkansas: $39,060
Iowa: $41,240
Nebraska: $43,150
North Dakota: $30,390

Top paying States for this occupation:

New York: $56,730
Wyoming: $52,550
California: $48,130
Pennsylvania: $46,970
Ohio: $46,630

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Yakima, WA: $38,030
Gainesville, GA: $41,450
El Centro, CA: $42,630
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO: $37,220
Greeley, CO: $48,190

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Salinas, CA: $60,050
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division: $56,670
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA: $54,930
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN: $52,780 
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division: $52,610

 

Farm Labor Contractors $36,130

Recruit, hire, furnish, and supervise seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers for a fee. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Support Activities for Crop Production: $36,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers: $48,270
Support Activities for Crop Production: $36,130

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Florida: $36,470
California: $30,050

Top paying States for this occupation:

Washington: $45,650 
Florida: $36,470
California: $30,050
Georgia: $28,550

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Port St. Lucie, FL: $39,620
Fresno, CA: $26,960

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Port St. Lucie, FL: $39,620
Fresno, CA: $26,960
Visalia-Porterville, CA: $26,410

 

Fallers $35,570

Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Logging: $35,470
Services to Buildings and Dwellings: $42,160
Sawmills and Wood Preservation: $29,580
Local Government (OES Designation): $39,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Services to Buildings and Dwellings: $42,160
Local Government (OES Designation): $39,100
Logging: $35,470
Sawmills and Wood Preservation: $29,580

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Mississippi: $25,380
Arkansas: $34,310
West Virginia: $28,140
Oregon: $55,240
South Carolina: $36,320

Top paying States for this occupation:

Oregon: $55,240
California: $51,800
Idaho: $47,990 
Washington: $43,990
Virginia: $39,930

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Pine Bluff, AR: $37,940
Morgantown, WV: $29,810
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC: $27,710
Raleigh-Cary, NC: $27,210

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Richmond, VA: $51,440 
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division: $50,450
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA: $43,110 
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA: $40,060
Pine Bluff, AR: $37,940

 

Log Graders and Scalers $35,550

Grade logs or estimate the marketable content or value of logs or pulpwood in sorting yards, millpond, log deck, or similar locations. Inspect logs for defects or measure logs to determine volume. Exclude "Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products"

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Sawmills and Wood Preservation: $33,350
Logging: $39,550
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing: $36,530
Other Wood Product Manufacturing: $32,560
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills: $41,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Other Support Services: $49,380
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills: $41,340
Logging: $39,550
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing: $36,530
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers: $34,370

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Idaho: $33,380
Maine: $35,480
Montana: $35,810
Mississippi: $28,560
Oregon: $46,770

Top paying States for this occupation:

Washington: $47,550
Oregon: $46,770
Minnesota: $41,020
California: $39,390
Michigan: $36,940

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

Eugene-Springfield, OR: $53,370
Coeur d'Alene, ID: $37,560
Olympia, WA: $57,870
Lynchburg, VA: $26,700
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division: $44,140

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Olympia, WA: $57,870
Eugene-Springfield, OR: $53,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division: $44,140
Coeur d'Alene, ID: $37,560
Lynchburg, VA: $26,700 

 

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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