Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations

Minor Occupation Group

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2020 Workforce
950k
Average Age
39.9
Average Salary
$28,164
Average Male Salary
$30,640
Average Female Salary
$20,734

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Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations are most often employed by the Farming industry. The average yearly wage for Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations was $28,164 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations by wage are Healthcare Support Occupations, Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations, and Transportation & Material Moving Occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations are Delano, Wasco & Shafter Cities PUMA, CA, Tulare County (Outside Visalia, Tulare & Porterville Cities) PUMA, CA, and Salinas City PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations are Tulare County (Outside Visalia, Tulare & Porterville Cities) PUMA, CA, Selma, Kerman & Coalinga Cities PUMA, CA, and Santa Maria City & Orcutt PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Farming is the industry that employs the most Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations, by average wage, is Justice, public order, & safety activities . Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations are paid most in Bainbridge Island City & Silverdale PUMA, WA but are relatively concentrated in Tulare County (Outside Visalia, Tulare & Porterville Cities) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$28,164
AVERAGE SALARY
± $681

In 2020, Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations earned an average of $28,164, $27,790 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Transportation & Material Moving Occupations make somewhat more than Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations while Healthcare Support Occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.404
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.404, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations, by average wage, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , National security & international affairs, and Sporting goods, and hobby & toy stores .

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Industries by Share

950k
2020 Workforce
± 23,856
−3.41%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.64%

The number of people employed as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations has been declining at a rate of −3.41%, from 983,777 people in 2019 to 950,225 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations employed by various industries. Farming employs the largest share of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations at  51.1%, followed by Animal production & aquaculture with 23.5% and Support activities for agriculture & forestry with 6.71%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations in the US. The average age of male Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations in the workforce is 40 and of female Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations is 39.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

713k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 20,677
238k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 11,956

75% of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Other (Hispanic)

40.6% of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 29.2% of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations.

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Age by Sex

40
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.432
39.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.714

The median age of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations is 39.9, and Male employees are generally 0.348 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations is Agriculture but a relatively high number of Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations hold a major in Agriculture.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations need many skills, but most especially Quality Control Analysis, Monitoring, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

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