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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Agricultural Equipment Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,540
25th Percentile Wage
$23,240
50th Percentile Wage
$28,850
75th Percentile Wage
$35,720
90th Percentile Wage
$43,690

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 $43,690. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,540. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 123% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of agricultural equipment operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201628,8503.50%10.36%
201527,8403.34%-
201426,9102.75%-
201326,1701.18%-
201225,860--

Table 2. Agricultural Equipment Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of agricultural equipment operators in 9 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 $37,690. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $25,380).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$37,690
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34,830
Wholesale Trade
$33,560
Manufacturing
$30,790
Federal, State, and Local Government
$30,260
Retail Trade
$29,620
Transportation and Warehousing
$28,340
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$27,290
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$25,380

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 $19,540 to $39,850. The highest paying state for agricultural equipment operators is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $39,850. The lowest paying state is Kentucky with a median annual salary of $19,540. For more salary information of agricultural equipment operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$39,850
New York
$36,970
North Dakota
$36,670
Kansas
$35,680
Louisiana
$35,270
Ohio
$35,050
Maryland
$34,990
Indiana
$34,970
Washington
$34,770
Iowa
$34,760
Michigan
$34,380
Massachusetts
$33,890
Nebraska
$33,390
Illinois
$33,000
Montana
$32,690
Minnesota
$32,610
Wisconsin
$32,190
South Dakota
$30,020
Idaho
$29,840
Pennsylvania
$29,530
Utah
$28,660
South Carolina
$28,100
Missouri
$27,690
Colorado
$27,670
Oklahoma
$27,490
California
$27,040
Delaware
$26,850
Tennessee
$26,690
Florida
$26,590
Arizona
$26,500
Alabama
$26,380
Nevada
$26,350
Texas
$26,210
Mississippi
$25,780
Virginia
$25,600
Oregon
$25,580
New Mexico
$23,910
North Carolina
$23,530
Georgia
$20,950
Puerto Rico
$20,760
Arkansas
$20,220
Kentucky
$19,540


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