Fishing and Hunting Workers
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Hunt, trap, catch, or gather wild animals or aquatic animals and plants. May use nets, traps, or other equipment. May haul catch onto ship or other vessel. Aquacultural laborers who work on fish farms are included in "Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals" (45-2093).
Titles for this career often contain these words
FishermanHunterTrapperFisherOysterFishingBoatAnimalCaptainOperatorClamHookerFishWildlifePredatorySpecialistCarriageTenderSeinerMateWorkerCrabCrewFrogNetAlligatorAgentManCutterOfficerPullerRiderSetterChuteOceanSeaFarmerGameIrishKelpPilotPearlPurseWeirAbaloneAlbacoreCrewmanBaitBeachmanBilletBirdBlueDoggerCatSwamperPersonChainerChaserChokeChummerGreaserSorterClammerCruiserDeepDivingEelerFirstFurOnUpSkinLineLionCullerPeltsPotBedWire
Education
Only 10% of fishing and hunting workers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by fishing and hunting workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer fishing and hunting workers have bachelor's degrees than 73% of other careeers.
Gender
Women account for 5% of fishing and hunting workers -- that's a smaller percentage than 86% of other jobs.
Gender of fishing and hunting workers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For fishing and hunting workers, the median men's salary was 10% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 19% of fishing and hunting workers are minority, and 17% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of fishing and hunting workers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (17%)
Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of fishing and hunting workers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (65%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (50%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (46%)
  • Consequence of Error (46%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (45%)
  • Time Pressure (38%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (37%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (36%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (34%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
A look at employers
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire fishing and hunting workers.
Employers of Fishing and Hunting Workers (ACS)
Private for-profit (36.0%)
Private not-for-profit (1.0%)
Local government (1.4%)
State government (0.8%)
Federal government (0.9%)
Self-employed incorporated (12.2%)
Self-employed not incorporated (46.9%)
Working without pay (0.7%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for fishing and hunting workers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Fishing and hunting workers and gender

With 5% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 86% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Fishing and hunting workers
Men (95%)
Women (5%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for men.

$33K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Fishing and hunting workers have one of the smaller inequity calculations, with the increase for men's median salary over women's median salary in this job lower than that for 70% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of fishing and hunting workers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. The percentage of minority fishing and hunting workers falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of fishing and hunting workers
White (79% )
Asian (9% )
American Indian (4% )
Multiracial (3% )
Black (2% )
Other (2% )
Pacific Islander (1% )
Hispanic (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
17%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for fishing and hunting workers 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.

$28K$30K$35K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAsianBlackWhite
Distribution: Salaries for fishing and hunting workers by nativity
$30K$35K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Fishing and hunting workers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 20% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 67% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time fishing and hunting workers is shown following.

$11K$33K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by fishing and hunting workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fishing and hunting workers typically hold a .

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 fishing and hunting workers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Education attained by fishing and hunting workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for fishing and hunting workers? Below we see the distribution of fishing and hunting workers salaries based on the education attained.

$32K$33K$32K$41K$42K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KNone (24%)High School (45%)Some College (16%)Associate's/Cert. (4%)Bachelor's Degree (8%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for fishing and hunting workers

What jobs will most fishing and hunting workers 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 fishing and hunting workers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Fishing and Hunting WorkersSpecialized production workers, including computer-controlled tooloperatorsStockers and Order FillersBuilding CleanersFarmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural ManagersLaborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversSailors and marine oilers, and ship engineersFirst-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales WorkersSheet Metal WorkersIndustrial and refractory machinery mechanicsArchitectural and Engineering ManagersConstruction and Building InspectorsPolice OfficersMaids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Lateral job transitions for fishing and hunting workers

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 fishing and hunting workers as well as 1% of respondents after working as fishing and hunting workers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for fishing and hunting workers: full listings

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

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Variation by state
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 fishing and hunting workers? 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 fishing and hunting workers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Number of Fishing and Hunting Workers per 1,000 workers (ACS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where fishing and hunting workers 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 fishing and hunting workers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for fishing and hunting workers.

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

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Location-adjusted median salary for Fishing and Hunting Workers (ACS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which fishing and hunting workers 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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  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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