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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 12015$20.63/hr$17.19/hr$18.76/hr$19.28/hr$23.26/hr$25.79/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining240$19.28/hr
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities630$19.03/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services20$23.93/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 40$20.45/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$18.76/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 120$19.05/hr-7.3%
Southeast Minnesota 120$19.28/hr13.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 150$21.47/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 160$18.98/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 160$18.99/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 180$22.22/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 200$18.94/hr7.1%
Southwest Balance of State 250$19.03/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 280$19.03/hr21.1%
Minnesota 910$19.28/hr5.9%




  • Operate or tend equipment used in agricultural production, such as tractors, combines, and irrigation equipment.
  • Adjust, repair, and service farm machinery and notify supervisors when machinery malfunctions.
  • Position boxes or attach bags at discharge ends of machinery to catch products, removing and closing full containers.
  • Spray fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungus and weed growth, and diseases, using hand sprayers.
  • Direct and monitor the activities of work crews engaged in planting, weeding, or harvesting activities.
  • Load and unload crops or containers of materials, manually or using conveyors, handtrucks, forklifts, or transfer augers.
  • Weigh crop-filled containers, and record weights and other identifying information.
  • Observe and listen to machinery operation to detect equipment malfunctions.
  • Irrigate soil, using portable pipes or ditch systems, and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps.
  • Observe and listen to machinery operation to detect equipment malfunctions.