Updated August 18, 2021
Average Farm Worker Salary
$12.28 hourly
$25,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$10,000 yearly
$10,000
10 %
$25,000
Median
$64,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$64,000
$5,333
$31
75th Percentile
$41,000
$3,417
$20
Average
$25,534
$2,128
$12
25th Percentile
$15,000
$1,250
$7
10th Percentile
$10,000
$833
$5

Average Farm Worker Salary By State

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Farm Worker average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$24,294
$11.68
Alaska
$21,585
$10.38
Arizona
$25,273
$12.15
Arkansas
$23,159
$11.13
California
$27,892
$13.41
Colorado
$27,178
$13.07
Connecticut
$25,566
$12.29
Delaware
$27,770
$13.35
District of Columbia
$27,566
$13.25
Florida
$23,756
$11.42
Georgia
$25,409
$12.22
Hawaii
$32,404
$15.58
Idaho
$20,689
$9.95
Illinois
$25,523
$12.27
Indiana
$25,861
$12.43
Iowa
$33,800
$16.25
Kansas
$29,711
$14.28
Kentucky
$23,757
$11.42
Louisiana
$29,521
$14.19
Maine
$27,537
$13.24
Maryland
$22,943
$11.03
Massachusetts
$29,835
$14.34
Michigan
$24,904
$11.97
Minnesota
$29,790
$14.32
Mississippi
$28,409
$13.66
Missouri
$29,769
$14.31
Montana
$18,408
$8.85
Nebraska
$32,119
$15.44
Nevada
$24,303
$11.68
New Hampshire
$28,522
$13.71
New Jersey
$24,267
$11.67
New Mexico
$23,344
$11.22
New York
$25,717
$12.36
North Carolina
$24,451
$11.76
North Dakota
$28,263
$13.59
Ohio
$27,973
$13.45
Oklahoma
$22,884
$11.00
Oregon
$26,224
$12.61
Pennsylvania
$24,297
$11.68
Rhode Island
$28,693
$13.79
South Carolina
$24,707
$11.88
South Dakota
$32,377
$15.57
Tennessee
$25,043
$12.04
Texas
$22,850
$10.99
Utah
$19,334
$9.30
Vermont
$27,821
$13.38
Virginia
$24,594
$11.82
Washington
$30,939
$14.87
West Virginia
$25,048
$12.04
Wisconsin
$29,314
$14.09
Wyoming
$26,034
$12.52

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Highest Paying Cities For Farm Worker

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Yakima, WA
$30,401
$14.62
Lafayette, LA
$29,618
$14.24
Lafayette, CO
$27,259
$13.11
Lebanon, TN
$24,929
$11.99
Greenville, NC
$24,152
$11.61
Owensboro, KY
$23,955
$11.52

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How much does a Farm Worker make?

  • The average farm worker makes $25,534 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a farm worker is $12.28.
  • The average entry-level farm worker salary is $10,000.
  • Highest paying states for farm worker are Iowa ($33,800), Hawaii ($32,404), South Dakota ($33,800) and Nebraska ($33,800).
  • Highest paying cities for farm worker are Yakima, WA ($30,401), Lafayette, LA, Lafayette, CO, Lebanon, TN and Greenville, NC.
  • Farm workers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $10,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $41,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $15,000
  • Industries with the highest farm worker salaries are hospitality, retail and agriculture.

Average Farm Worker Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $25,500
    $12.28
    +4.1%
    2020
    $24,500
    $11.77
    +3.7%
    2019
    $23,600
    $11.33
    +3.1%
    2018
    $22,800
    $10.98
    +3.5%
    2017
    $22,000
    $10.60
    +1.2%

    How Much Do Farm Workers Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, farm worker salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that hospitality, retail, and agriculture companies tend to offer much higher salaries for farm workers. For example, farm workers make a whopping average salary of $25,802 while working for hospitality companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $25,184 at retail companies and $25,044 at agriculture companies. But farm workers may want to avoid working in the media industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $24,251.
    RankIndustryAverage Farm Worker SalaryFarm Worker Salary Range
    1Hospitality
    $25,802
    $22k
    $27k
    2Retail
    $25,184
    $22k
    $27k
    3Agriculture
    $25,044
    $22k
    $27k
    4Finance
    $24,889
    $22k
    $27k
    5Professional
    $24,871
    $22k
    $27k
    6Manufacturing
    $24,778
    $22k
    $27k
    7Media
    $24,251
    $22k
    $27k

    High Paying Farm Worker Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Ranch Hand

    Avg. salary: $26,087

    A ranch hand is a person who takes care of livestock animals in a ranch. Ranch hands perform the ranch husbandry job, which involves keeping them healthy, feeding them, and overseeing breeding. The primary duty they serve is to assist in the day-to-day operations in the ranch. They prepare livestock animals for slaughter or sale. They must have experience in cattle handling and/or animal husbandry. They should also be adaptable, enthusiastic, and know ranch equipment and maintenance.
    665 Ranch Hand Jobs
    Groom

    Avg. salary: $25,182

    A groom is primarily in charge of maintaining the hygiene and appearance of pets. Typically working at grooming shops, a groom liaises with pet owners to identify their preferences, observe the pet's condition to identify its needs, and explain the extent of procedures to pet owners. They may bathe and cut a pet's hair or nails, even brush its teeth and recommend care procedures to clients. Furthermore, as a groom, it is essential to be proactive and alert as some pets' behaviors are unpredictable.
    10,393 Groom Jobs
    Rider

    Avg. salary: $61,718

    A rider's job is to maintain a specific route or area to collect or deliver packages. They often used bicycles or motorcycles to perform their duties. Their duties and responsibilities include writing logs and reports, collecting payment for deliveries, and informing customers of new products and services.
    4,550 Rider Jobs
    Wrangler

    Avg. salary: $41,283

    A wrangler has different responsibilities according to their place or industry of employment. There are wranglers who specialize in handling and training various animals such as horses, dogs, cattle, and even snakes. Their responsibilities often include preparing food and feeding animals, cleaning barns or cages, teaching tricks, and bathing animals. There are also instances when a wrangler may work for private companies or film productions to handle potentially dangerous animals or help them adjust to their surroundings.
    292 Wrangler Jobs
    Farm Hand

    Avg. salary: $25,511

    A Farm Hand is responsible for assisting Farmers in their daily tasks of taking care of the farm, raising the animals, and growing crops. Most of the duties involved require good communication skills, active listening, knowledge of farming, and determination to accomplish tasks as they can be tiring due to the involvement of physical work. The working conditions are diverse, and the tasks of a Farm Hand will vary through the seasons and situations, it can be unpredictable and will require a great deal of effort and passion.
    1,100 Farm Hand Jobs
    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
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Ranch Hand
    $26,087
    $2,174
    $12.54
    665
    Groom
    $25,183
    $2,099
    $12.11
    10,393
    Rider
    $61,718
    $5,143
    $29.67
    4,550
    Wrangler
    $41,284
    $3,440
    $19.85
    292
    Farm Hand
    $25,512
    $2,126
    $12.27
    1,100
    Farm Labour
    $25,519
    $2,127
    $12.27
    6,323
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    Which Companies Pay Farm Workers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a farm worker, working for Hudson River Housing or Fat Cats Cafe might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Dakota Valley Elementary Schl and Randolph Bancorp report highly competitive wages for farm workers.
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    Recently Added Farm Worker Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Farm Worker
    Kaysville, UT
    08/31/2021
    $20,870
    08/31/2021
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    Pineville, MO
    08/28/2021
    $32,244
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    Pocomoke City, MD
    08/27/2021
    $32,244
    08/27/2021
    Tyson Foods
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    Cleveland, GA
    08/27/2021
    $32,244
    08/27/2021
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    Cobb-Poultry Farm Worker (Farm Crew)
    Eastville, VA
    08/27/2021
    $32,244
    08/27/2021
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    Cleveland, GA
    08/27/2021
    $32,244
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    Cobb-Poultry Farm Worker (Farm Crew)
    Eastville, VA
    08/27/2021
    $32,244
    08/27/2021
    Tyson Foods
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    Cobb-Poultry Farm Worker (Selection)
    Pocomoke City, MD
    08/27/2021
    $32,244
    08/27/2021
    Tyson Foods
    Poultry Farm Worker--Pineville, MO 64856
    Poultry Farm Worker--Pineville, MO 64856
    Pineville, MO
    08/24/2021
    $32,244
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    Rose, OK
    08/18/2021
    $32,244
    08/18/2021

    Average Farm Worker Salary by Demographic

    Farm Worker Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $25,795
    female-income
    Female Income
    $21,798
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$25,795
    Female$21,798
    Median Farm Worker Income by Race
    White farm workers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american farm workers have the lowest average salary at $22,265.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$25,790
    Black or African American$22,265
    Asian$23,036
    Hispanic or Latino$23,451
    Average Farm Worker Salary by Education Level
    Farm workers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $31,657 annually. With a Associate degree, farm workers earn a median annual income of $28,292 compared to $27,978 for farm workers with an Bachelors degree.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $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$25,795
    Master's Degree$31,657
    No Education$23,155
    Bachelor's Degree$27,978
    Some College/ Associate Degree$28,292