Updated August 18, 2021
Average Farm Operator Salary
$42,000 yearly
$20.60 hourly

Entry level Salary
$21,000 yearly
$21,000
10 %
$42,000
Median
$83,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$83,000
$6,917
$40
75th Percentile
$60,000
$5,000
$29
Average
$42,845
$3,570
$21
25th Percentile
$30,000
$2,500
$14
10th Percentile
$21,000
$1,750
$10

Average Farm Operator Salary By State

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Farm Operator average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$33,725
$16.21
Alaska
$21,127
$10.16
Arizona
$28,466
$13.69
Arkansas
$31,420
$15.11
California
$31,967
$15.37
Colorado
$29,489
$14.18
Connecticut
$47,519
$22.85
Delaware
$50,015
$24.05
District of Columbia
$53,622
$25.78
Florida
$32,027
$15.40
Georgia
$26,090
$12.54
Hawaii
$24,410
$11.74
Idaho
$23,311
$11.21
Illinois
$33,736
$16.22
Indiana
$46,021
$22.13
Iowa
$45,318
$21.79
Kansas
$42,397
$20.38
Kentucky
$43,484
$20.91
Louisiana
$35,079
$16.86
Maine
$39,124
$18.81
Maryland
$50,091
$24.08
Massachusetts
$44,738
$21.51
Michigan
$31,205
$15.00
Minnesota
$43,197
$20.77
Mississippi
$33,575
$16.14
Missouri
$45,028
$21.65
Montana
$22,632
$10.88
Nebraska
$43,794
$21.05
Nevada
$29,145
$14.01
New Hampshire
$42,948
$20.65
New Jersey
$47,501
$22.84
New Mexico
$29,190
$14.03
New York
$46,807
$22.50
North Carolina
$39,159
$18.83
North Dakota
$47,796
$22.98
Ohio
$46,810
$22.50
Oklahoma
$26,514
$12.75
Oregon
$27,100
$13.03
Pennsylvania
$43,433
$20.88
Rhode Island
$49,479
$23.79
South Carolina
$38,527
$18.52
South Dakota
$44,858
$21.57
Tennessee
$27,448
$13.20
Texas
$31,477
$15.13
Utah
$24,579
$11.82
Vermont
$40,519
$19.48
Virginia
$42,949
$20.65
Washington
$28,277
$13.59
West Virginia
$46,571
$22.39
Wisconsin
$43,947
$21.13
Wyoming
$24,503
$11.78

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Highest Paying Cities For Farm Operator

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Indianapolis, IN
$46,097
$22.16
Milwaukee, WI
$44,237
$21.27
San Francisco, CA
$34,902
$16.78
Orlando, FL
$32,129
$15.45
Salt Lake City, UT
$24,282
$11.67

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How much does a Farm Operator make?

The average farm operator salary is $42,845 per year, or $20.6 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $21,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $83,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, North Dakota, and Connecticut provide the highest farm operator salaries.

Average Farm Operator Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $42,800
    $20.60
    +3.5%
    2020
    $41,400
    $19.89
    +4.2%
    2019
    $39,600
    $19.05
    +3.5%
    2018
    $38,200
    $18.39
    +3.3%
    2017
    $37,000
    $17.77
    +2.7%

    How Much Do Farm Operators Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a farm operator can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for farm operators tend to be found in transportation, retail, and agriculture companies. In fact, farm operators can make a yearly salary of $39,446 while working for transportation companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Farm Operator SalaryFarm Operator Salary Range
    1Transportation
    $39,446
    $22k
    $49k
    2Retail
    $36,883
    $22k
    $49k
    3Agriculture
    $34,075
    $22k
    $49k
    4Internet
    $27,038
    $22k
    $49k

    High Paying Farm Operator Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Farm Labour

    Avg. salary: $25,518

    Also called agricultural workers, farm laborers are people who inspect and harvest crops. The workers irrigate soil on the farm and maintain their pumps, pipes, or ditches. They service and operate farm tools and machinery. Their job involves the maintenance of crops like vegetables, nuts, and fruits. They look after livestock on the farm like cows, chickens, etc. Also, they inspect the animals for the detection of symptoms of injuries or illnesses and administer vaccines for disease protection.
    6,323 Farm Labour Jobs
    Farm Worker

    Avg. salary: $25,533

    A farmworker is responsible for applying fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides to crops and livestock. You will operate agricultural machinery under the direction of a rancher, farmer, or an agricultural manager. Your duties will typically include harvesting and inspecting crops manually, irrigating farm soil and maintaining pipes, pumps, d ditches, and feeding livestock. As a farmworker, you will operate milking machinery and other farm machinery such as plows and tractors, maintain farm buildings, and trim hedges. You are also expected to mend walls and fences and clear drainage ditches.
    15,354 Farm Worker Jobs
    Operator

    Avg. salary: $34,372

    Operators are skilled workers who are in charge of working on an industrial machine or a specific aspect of the manufacturing business. They are trained to operate machines, learning how to use them. They are also responsible for the maintenance and repair of the machine, and they should be able to troubleshoot problems and provide remedies to them. They must be knowledgeable about the different parts of the machine and how to mitigate any challenges that may arise. Operators should be alert, detail-oriented, and familiar with safety and health guidelines.
    126,206 Operator Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Farm Labour
    $25,519
    $2,127
    $12.27
    6,323
    Farm Worker
    $25,534
    $2,128
    $12.28
    15,354
    Operator
    $34,373
    $2,864
    $16.53
    126,206
    Job Openings

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    Which Companies Pay Farm Operators The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a farm operator, being employed by a company such as Boehringer Ingelheim or GROWMARK would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like FirstCash and Menzies Aviation also report highly competitive salaries for farm operators.
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    Recently Added Farm Operator Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Menzies Aviation (USA) Inc.
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Houston, TX
    08/25/2021
    $34,436
    08/25/2021
    Menzies Aviation
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Salt Lake City, UT
    08/20/2021
    $42,262
    08/20/2021
    Menzies Aviation (USA) Inc.
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Baltimore, MD
    08/19/2021
    $32,870
    08/19/2021
    Cloverland Farms Dairy
    Cloverland Farms Dairy: Pasteurizer Operator
    Cloverland Farms Dairy: Pasteurizer Operator
    Baltimore, MD
    08/02/2021
    $46,248
    08/02/2021
    Menzies Aviation
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Austin, TX
    07/28/2021
    $30,262
    07/28/2021
    Menzies Aviation (USA) Inc.
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    07/27/2021
    $33,392
    07/27/2021
    Menzies Aviation
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Los Angeles, CA
    07/08/2021
    $41,740
    07/08/2021
    Menzies Aviation
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Pittsburgh, PA
    07/08/2021
    $31,305
    07/08/2021
    Menzies Aviation
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Chicago, IL
    07/02/2021
    $33,392
    07/02/2021
    Menzies Aviation
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Fuel Farm Operator
    Tampa, FL
    07/02/2021
    $35,082
    07/02/2021

    Average Farm Operator Salary by Demographic

    Farm Operator Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $35,018
    female-income
    Female Income
    $31,826
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$35,018
    Female$31,826
    Median Farm Operator Income by Race
    White farm operators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american farm operators have the lowest average salary at $32,301.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$34,995
    Black or African American$32,301
    Asian$32,938
    Hispanic or Latino$33,067
    Average Farm Operator Salary by Education Level
    Farm operators with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $38,736 annually. With a Associate degree, farm operators earn a median annual income of $36,838 compared to $36,632 for farm operators with an Bachelors degree.
    $40,000
    $32,000
    $24,000
    $16,000
    $8,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    No Education
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$35,018
    Master's Degree$38,736
    No Education$32,927
    Bachelor's Degree$36,632
    Some College/ Associate Degree$36,838