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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Breeder Salary

$39,381 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$18.93 hourly

Entry level Salary
$21,000 yearly
$21,000
10 %
$39,381
Median
$72,000
90 %

How much does a Breeder make?

Breeders make $39,381 per year on average, or $18.93 per hour, in the United States. Breeders on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $21,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $72,000.

Location impacts how much a breeder can expect to make. Breeders make the most in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Vermont.

Highest Paying States For Breeders

The darker areas on the map show where breeders earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Salary:

Breeder average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Rhode Island$92,065$44.26
2New Hampshire$91,321$43.90
3Massachusetts$92,146$44.301
4Michigan$85,333$41.031
5Connecticut$91,110$43.80
6Vermont$87,830$42.23
7Maine$86,819$41.74
8Nevada$83,926$40.35
9Illinois$84,788$40.762
10Wisconsin$81,177$39.03
11Ohio$78,723$37.851
12Iowa$77,425$37.223
13Washington$86,597$41.63
14Arizona$79,712$38.32
15Kansas$76,997$37.021
16Delaware$81,538$39.20
17Minnesota$78,866$37.924
18New York$81,086$38.981
19Nebraska$77,006$37.02
20Indiana$74,212$35.682
21New Jersey$79,783$38.36
22Idaho$76,613$36.83
23West Virginia$74,146$35.65
24Maryland$78,594$37.79
25South Dakota$72,751$34.98
26District of Columbia$77,102$37.07
27Wyoming$70,682$33.98
28Montana$72,616$34.91
29Kentucky$68,968$33.16
30Colorado$71,624$34.43
31Missouri$69,604$33.46
32Arkansas$67,499$32.45
33California$71,366$34.315
34Virginia$71,181$34.22
35Oregon$70,172$33.74
36Texas$64,735$31.125
37Tennessee$65,309$31.40
38Pennsylvania$66,076$31.77
39North Carolina$63,433$30.503
40Alaska$62,036$29.82
41New Mexico$64,677$31.09
42North Dakota$61,248$29.45
43Louisiana$61,462$29.55
44Georgia$59,208$28.473
45Oklahoma$61,227$29.44
46Utah$60,577$29.12
47South Carolina$58,478$28.11
48Alabama$47,228$22.711
49Mississippi$50,551$24.30
50Hawaii$53,035$25.50
51Florida$35,510$17.07

Highest Paying Cities For Breeders

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Davis, CA$76,166$36.62
2Lubbock, TX$70,287$33.79
3Chesterfield, MO$69,427$33.38
4Evansville, IN$68,493$32.93
5Fargo, ND$62,466$30.03

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Bayer Jobs (2)
  2. Newport Jobs (2)
  3. Cobb-Vantress Jobs (3)
  4. Christensen Farms Jobs (8)
  5. Rose Acre Farms Jobs (1)

Which Companies Pay Breeders The Most?

The highest paying companies for breeders are Bayer and Syngenta according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Cobb-Vantress and Harris Farms report highly competitive wages for breeders.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Bayer$122,338$58.82
2Syngenta$62,247$29.932
3Cobb-Vantress$56,430$27.13
4Harris Farms$56,250$27.04
5Advanta Partners$54,953$26.42
6Monsanto$54,850$26.37
7United Genetics Seeds Co.$54,773$26.33
8Rose Acre Farms$51,466$24.742
9BASF$39,381$18.93
10Nunhems U.S.$39,381$18.93
11Kelly Services$37,191$17.88
12Foster Farms$36,400$17.504
13Driscoll's$35,611$17.12

Breeder Salary Trends

Average Breeder Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Breeder Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$39,400$18.93-5.3%
    2021$41,500$19.93+13.7%
    2020$35,800$17.21-1.3%
    2019$36,300$17.44+5.0%
    2018$34,500$16.57-10.3%

    Recently Added Breeder Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Npaworldwide Recruitment NetworkBreeder (KHCharlottesville, VA02/15/2022$50,000
    GCE Operating Company LLCCamelina BreederGreat Falls, MT12/23/2021$115,000
    GCE Operating Company LLCCamelina BreederGreat Falls, MT12/22/2021$115,000
    Foster FarmsAsst. Breeder Ranch ForepersonDelta, CO12/12/2021$29,948
    Foster FarmsAsst. Breeder Ranch ForepersonDelta, CO12/12/2021$29,948
    Silver Spurs Equine Academy, LLCAssistant BreederScottsdale, AZ08/31/2021$30,000
    Silver Spurs Equine Academy, LLCBreederScottsdale, AZ08/31/2021$54,000
    Foster FarmsAsst. Breeder Ranch ForepersonMontrose, CO08/01/2021$29,948
    BASF CorporationJunior BreederNevada, IA07/26/2021$108,288
    Kelly ServicesWheat Assistant Discovery Breeder _Sabin, MN05/21/2021$41,740

    Breeder Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Breeders the most?

    Massachusetts pays Breeders the most in the United States, with an average salary of $92,146 per year, or $44.30 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Breeder?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Breeder if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Rhode Island you should be paid close to $92,065 per year.

    What type of Breeder gets paid the most?

    Artificial Insemination Technician gets paid the most. Artificial Insemination Technician made a median salary of $49,920. The best-paid 10 percent make $61,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $40,000.

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