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Agricultural Equipment Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of agricultural equipment operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of agricultural equipment operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The agricultural equipment operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Agricultural Equipment Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,250
25th Percentile Wage
$24,540
50th Percentile Wage
$30,110
75th Percentile Wage
$36,910
90th Percentile Wage
$44,620

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for agricultural equipment operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) agricultural equipment operators is $44,620. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $30,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,250. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 120% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of agricultural equipment operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$30,110
4.18% 14.11%
2016
$28,850
3.50% -
2015
$27,840
3.34% -
2014
$26,910
2.75% -
2013
$26,170
1.18% -
2012
$25,860
- -

Table 2. Agricultural Equipment Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of agricultural equipment operators in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for agricultural equipment operators occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $37,010. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $26,070).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$37,010
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$34,630
Federal, State, and Local Government
$34,500
Wholesale Trade
$34,410
Transportation and Warehousing
$33,530
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$33,520
Construction
$32,090
Retail Trade
$30,070
Manufacturing
$29,310
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$28,420
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,820
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$26,070

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Agricultural Equipment Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only agricultural equipment operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of agricultural equipment operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $20,820 to $46,420. The highest paying state for agricultural equipment operators is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $46,420. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $20,820. For more salary information of agricultural equipment operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Connecticut
$46,420
Pennsylvania
$40,500
Hawaii
$39,850
North Dakota
$37,080
Kansas
$36,100
Ohio
$35,800
Nebraska
$35,740
Michigan
$35,020
Louisiana
$34,740
Indiana
$34,710
Iowa
$34,410
Wisconsin
$34,080
Illinois
$34,060
Maryland
$33,810
Minnesota
$33,690
Massachusetts
$33,580
Montana
$32,690
New Mexico
$32,500
Washington
$32,270
Colorado
$32,110
Idaho
$32,040
South Dakota
$30,740
Virginia
$30,730
Missouri
$30,720
New York
$30,440
South Carolina
$29,770
Oregon
$29,370
Arizona
$29,270
Kentucky
$29,140
California
$28,930
Oklahoma
$28,800
Utah
$28,660
Texas
$28,110
Tennessee
$26,860
Delaware
$26,850
Nevada
$26,350
Georgia
$26,300
Florida
$25,230
North Carolina
$23,710
Mississippi
$23,570
New Jersey
$22,800
Alabama
$21,460
Puerto Rico
$21,390
Arkansas
$20,820



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