Agricultural inspectors
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Overview
Inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for agricultural inspectors are expected to grow by 5%, and should have about 2,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Agricultural inspectors are more likely to be automated than 83% of other careers.
Workforce size
Agricultural inspectors, with 15,600 workers, form a smaller workforce than 78% of careers.
Education
Only 42% of agricultural inspectors have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by agricultural inspectors
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More agricultural inspectors have bachelor's degrees than 64% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 57% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for agricultural inspectors. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most agricultural inspectors.
This job's median $44KAll jobs' median $39K$46K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 44% of agricultural inspectors -- that's a larger percentage than 58% of other jobs.
Gender of agricultural inspectors
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. Women agricultural inspectors actually earned more than men -- a very rare occurance among careers!
Race/Origin
About 19% of agricultural inspectors are minority, and 12% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of agricultural inspectors
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (12%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Agricultural Inspectors per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 60% of agricultural inspectors, and 79% have company-sponsored health insurance (6% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for agricultural inspectors
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of agricultural inspectors who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (80%)
  • Time Pressure (72%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (50%)
  • Consequence of Error (45%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (37%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do agricultural inspectors earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for agricultural inspectors, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for agricultural inspectors compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for agricultural inspectors (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all agricultural inspectors, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for agricultural inspectors compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for agricultural inspectors (ACS Salary Data)
$48K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where agricultural inspectors work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Agricultural inspectors (ACS)
Private for-profit (17.6%)
Private not-for-profit (1.0%)
Local government (8.8%)
State government (27.6%)
Federal government (44.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.0%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.5%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of agricultural inspectors by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$48K$62K$42K$26K$46K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of agricultural inspectors by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$44K$49K$65K$37K$39K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for agricultural inspectors

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Agricultural inspectors and gender

With 44% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 58% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
44%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Agricultural inspectors
Men (56%)
Women (44%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

Although nationally the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, in agricultural inspectors, the median salary for women is 7% higher than the median salary for men. There are only 19 other jobs in which the median women's salary exceeds the median men's salary. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$50K$47K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KWomenMen

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of agricultural inspectors

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority agricultural inspectors falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of agricultural inspectors
White (75% )
Black (13% )
Other (5% )
Asian (4% )
Multiracial (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
12%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for agricultural inspectors by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for agricultural inspectors by nativity
$46K$48K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by agricultural inspectors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), agricultural inspectors typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as agricultural inspectors as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for agricultural inspectors.

Education attained by agricultural inspectors
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for agricultural inspectors? Below we see the distribution of agricultural inspectors salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as agricultural inspectors, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$48K$47K$41K$51K$53K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KHigh School (21%)Some College (20%)Associate's Degree (10%)Bachelor's Degree (34%)Master's Degree (5%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by agricultural inspectors

This table shows the college majors held by people working as agricultural inspectors. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Agricultural inspectors with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
14.0%
$0$200K$54K
11.6%
$0$200K$63K
10.0%
$0$200K$54K
2.3%
$0$200K$67K
2.2%
$0$200K$63K
2.1%
$0$200K$67K
2.0%
$0$200K$67K
2.0%
$0$200K$63K
2.0%
$0$200K$60K
1.5%
$0$200K$73K
1.3%
$0$200K$69K
1.3%
$0$200K$53K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as agricultural inspectors, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by agricultural inspectors given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
VeterinariansAgricultural ManagersManagers (specialized areas)Postsecondary teachersHealth Practitioner Support Technologists and TechniciansElementary and middle school teachersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesAgricultural workers (specialized areas)Physicians and surgeonsNonfarm animal caretakersDentistsRegistered nursesPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersRetail salespersonsChief executives and legislatorsMedical and health services managersSocial workersHealthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)Secretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersGrounds maintenance workersCredit counselors and loan officersAgricultural and food scientistsFirst-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workersAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersMarketing and sales managersBiological scientistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesBookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerksFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersManagement analystsFinancial analystsAnimal SciencesBiologyGeneral AgricultureCommunity and PublicHealthAgriculture Production andManagementPlant Science andAgronomyBusiness Management andAdministrationMicrobiologyGeneral BusinessAccountingAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for agricultural inspectors

What jobs will most agricultural inspectors hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of agricultural inspectors reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Agricultural inspectorsCompliance officersInspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighersAgricultural product graders and sortersEducation, training, and library workers (specialized areas)Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)Dietitians and nutritionistsHand packers and packagersSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersCashiers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for agricultural inspectors

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 3 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as agricultural inspectors as well as 1% of respondents after working as agricultural inspectors. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for agricultural inspectors
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
52,700
$0$200K$39K
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
11,400
$0$200K$54K
Agricultural product graders and sorters
5,700
$0$200K$19K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for agricultural inspectors: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as agricultural inspectors? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of agricultural inspectors surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for agricultural inspectors
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Janitors and building cleaners
350,300
$0$200K$27K
4.6%
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
2.1%
Business operations specialists
104,900
$0$200K
3.0%
Agricultural Managers
95,600
$0$200K$39K
3.0%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
7.6%
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
52,700
$0$200K$39K
5.0%
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers
15,500
$0$200K$25K
2.1%
Industrial production managers
11,700
$0$200K$74K
1.5%
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (specialized areas)
11,400
$0$200K$54K
7.6%
Agricultural product graders and sorters
5,700
$0$200K$19K
1.2%
Transportation security screeners
4,200
$0$200K$42K
2.0%
Agricultural and food science technicians
3,000
$0$200K$44K
3.8%
Agricultural inspectors
2,200
$0$200K$48K
44.1%
No occupation
9.0%
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for agricultural inspectors
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 57% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for agricultural inspectors. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for agricultural inspectors are anticipated to grow by 5% over the next decade; 62% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for agricultural inspectors is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most agricultural inspectors? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as agricultural inspectors. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Agricultural Inspectors per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where agricultural inspectors earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for agricultural inspectors compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for agricultural inspectors.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Agricultural Inspectors to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which agricultural inspectors earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Agricultural inspectors (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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