Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupation Profiles


The Farming, Fishing, and Forestry occupation profiles below include specific information about the nature of the work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs.

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Fast Facts: As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 438,490 employed in the Farming, Fishing, and Forestry occupational group earning the mean annual income of $23,560.

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What’s Hot: The “First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers” (annually averaging $42,740) top the Farming, Fishing, and Forestry group, followed by “Agricultural Inspectors” ($41,330). One of the more uncommon occupations “Fallers” (who fell trees) are the 5th highest paid averaging $34,180 per year.

What’s Not: The largest occupation in this group “Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse” with 242,390 employees top the Least Paid list at a $19,280 annual average, followed by “Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products” ($20,490).

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.