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Occupational Employment Statistics


45-2092 Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Excludes “Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products" (45-2041) and “Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers" (45-4011 through 45-4029).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 20022$17.14/hr$12.21/hr$14.20/hr$15.63/hr$19.01/hr$23.79/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining410$17.67/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities670$15.91/hr
Professional and Business Services250$20.51/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and Hospitality20$14.98/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$14.86/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$14.84/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$17.20/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$14.84/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 60$18.17/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 90$14.90/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 90$17.06/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 170$14.90/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 200$15.63/hr-7.4%
Central Minnesota 220$17.67/hr-14.2%
Southwest Balance of State 240$17.67/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 520$19.14/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 620$18.96/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,390$18.14/hr-4.1%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 44,640$19.46/hr6.5%
Dishwashers 5,170$14.46/hr16.7%
Helpers--Production Workers 4,430$15.29/hr-3.7%

  • Cut, roll, and stack sod.
  • Set up and operate irrigation equipment.
  • Sow grass seed, or plant plugs of grass.
  • Operate tractors, tractor-drawn machinery, and self-propelled machinery to plow, harrow and fertilize soil, or to plant, cultivate, spray and harvest crops.
  • Participate in the inspection, grading, sorting, storage, and post-harvest treatment of crops.
  • Record information about plants and plant growth.
  • Inform farmers or farm managers of crop progress.
  • Dig, cut, and transplant seedlings, cuttings, trees, and shrubs.
  • Harvest plants, and transplant or pot and label them.
  • Clean work areas, and maintain grounds and landscaping.