These Are The 10 Best States For Farmers

We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Farmers to open up shop.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 1 year ago




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Farmers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as farmers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since farmers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where farmers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for farmers. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s Farmers:

  1. Nebraska
  2. Illinois
  3. Kentucky
  4. Iowa
  5. Michigan
  6. Washington
  7. Arkansas
  8. Indiana
  9. Kansas
  10. Ohio

So there you have it — Nebraska is the best of the best when it comes to being a farmer.

How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for farmers and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a farmer

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best states for farmers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well farmers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for farmers in California is $21,550 and the average salary in Illinois is $30,310, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for farmers in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for farmers.

1. Nebraska

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Total Jobs: 950
Average Annual Salary: $32,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,530
Average Experienced Salary: $53,770
Location Quotient: 0.51

2. Illinois

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Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,670
Average Annual Salary: $30,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,150
Average Experienced Salary: $45,720
Location Quotient: 0.23

3. Kentucky

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Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 940
Average Annual Salary: $27,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,990
Average Experienced Salary: $41,070
Location Quotient: 0.26

4. Iowa

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Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 560
Average Annual Salary: $28,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,750
Average Experienced Salary: $42,740
Location Quotient: 0.19

5. Michigan

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Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,600
Average Annual Salary: $26,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,210
Average Experienced Salary: $39,370
Location Quotient: 0.2

6. Washington

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Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,160
Average Annual Salary: $27,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,070
Average Experienced Salary: $38,650
Location Quotient: 1.72

7. Arkansas

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Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,630
Average Annual Salary: $23,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,580
Average Experienced Salary: $31,900
Location Quotient: 0.7

8. Indiana

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Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,450
Average Annual Salary: $24,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,780
Average Experienced Salary: $37,390
Location Quotient: 0.25

9. Kansas

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Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 630
Average Annual Salary: $24,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,060
Average Experienced Salary: $33,360
Location Quotient: 0.23

10. Ohio

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Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,010
Average Annual Salary: $26,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,800
Average Experienced Salary: $38,130
Location Quotient: 0.19

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a farmer these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a farmer in America:

  1. New York
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut

Detailed List Of The Best States For Sackers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Nebraska $32,590 $18,530 950
2 Illinois $30,310 $19,150 2,670
3 Kentucky $27,930 $17,990 940
4 Iowa $28,560 $18,750 560
5 Michigan $26,680 $18,210 1,600
6 Washington $27,180 $20,070 10,160
7 Arkansas $23,050 $16,580 1,630
8 Indiana $24,660 $16,780 1,450
9 Kansas $24,740 $18,060 630
10 Ohio $26,340 $17,800 2,010
11 Georgia $22,930 $16,200 3,040
12 Delaware $29,630 $20,940 70
13 North Dakota $26,670 $17,070 210
14 Idaho $22,090 $16,340 1,530
15 Oklahoma $24,120 $17,570 550
16 Montana $25,120 $17,810 300
17 Mississippi $20,480 $16,210 640
18 Utah $23,650 $17,330 740
19 Louisiana $24,980 $17,120 550
20 Colorado $25,610 $18,040 2,550
21 Wisconsin $24,370 $16,650 1,310
22 Nevada $29,830 $17,830 150
23 Minnesota $25,790 $18,220 840
24 South Carolina $24,420 $16,650 930
25 Missouri $22,030 $16,740 1,240
26 North Carolina $21,780 $16,200 3,000
27 Florida $20,650 $17,240 14,650
28 Vermont $27,760 $20,840 190
29 Maine $26,460 $18,000 280
30 Texas $19,850 $16,120 5,850
31 West Virginia $21,000 $17,050 260
32 Virginia $24,960 $16,860 890
33 Arizona $19,070 $17,160 13,540
34 New Mexico $20,060 $16,490 2,040
35 Pennsylvania $24,040 $16,620 1,960
36 Oregon $23,240 $19,460 5,670
37 Tennessee $21,090 $16,090 370
38 Alabama $21,540 $16,330 440
39 New Hampshire $27,360 $18,210 200
40 New Jersey $25,390 $18,700 2,580
41 Rhode Island $26,850 $19,030 40
42 South Dakota $22,800 $18,140 110
43 California $21,550 $18,980 178,130
44 Maryland $28,310 $18,640 700
45 Hawaii $26,120 $17,360 530
46 Connecticut $24,970 $19,140 700
47 Massachusetts $26,660 $19,480 960
48 New York $26,120 $18,700 1,670

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