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  160$17.98/hr$15.31/hr$16.29/hr$17.90/hr$19.69/hr$22.68/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining350$17.81/hr
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities400$18.19/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southwest Minnesota N/A$17.90/hr20.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN N/A$19.55/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$16.24/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$17.86/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 60$17.92/hr1.6%
Northwest Minnesota 90$17.14/hr18.4%
Northwest Balance of State 100$17.62/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 150$18.03/hr28.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 150$18.96/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 160$18.83/hrN/A
Minnesota 780$17.93/hr12.8%




  • 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.