Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

45-2091 Agricultural Equipment Operators



Drive and control farm equipment to till soil and to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. May perform tasks, such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks, such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southwest Minnesota 21042$15.93/hr$11.34/hr$13.32/hr$15.72/hr$18.61/hr$21.04/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining170$16.76/hr
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities280$18.49/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/A$20.29/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$18.64/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$16.17/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 30$18.30/hr1.6%
Northwest Minnesota 80$19.81/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 100$17.70/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$16.16/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 100$18.01/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 140$18.18/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 190$17.18/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 210$15.72/hr20.5%
Minnesota 550$17.40/hr12.8%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Farmworkers, Farm and Ranch Animals 880$13.25/hr8.8%
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 1,150$19.55/hr6.4%
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 10,010$31.67/hr8.9%


  • Attach farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or harvesters to tractors, using bolts and hand tools.
  • Adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions.
  • Drive trucks to haul crops, supplies, tools, or farm workers.
  • Observe and listen to machinery operation to detect equipment malfunctions.
  • Operate or tend equipment used in agricultural production, such as tractors, combines, and irrigation equipment.
  • Direct and monitor the activities of work crews engaged in planting, weeding, or harvesting activities.
  • Adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions.
  • Mix specified materials or chemicals, and dump solutions, powders, or seeds into planter or sprayer machinery.
  • Manipulate controls to set, activate, and adjust mechanisms on machinery.
  • Operate or tend equipment used in agricultural production, such as tractors, combines, and irrigation equipment.