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Updated February 9, 2022
Average Farmer Salary
13.60 hourly
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
$28,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$17,000 yearly
$17,000
10 %
$28,000
Median
$45,000
90 %
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What is a Farmer's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$45,000$3,750$22
75th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
Average$28,279$2,357$14
25th Percentile$21,000$1,750$10
10th Percentile$17,000$1,417$8

Average Farmer Salary By State

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Farmer average salary by State

StateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
Alabama$28,968$13.93
Alaska$28,301$13.61
Arizona$26,278$12.63
Arkansas$26,734$12.853
California$26,785$12.888
Colorado$23,786$11.443
Connecticut$31,866$15.32
Delaware$30,770$14.79
District of Columbia$34,182$16.43
Florida$30,101$14.474
Georgia$24,074$11.579
Hawaii$32,455$15.60
Idaho$19,857$9.555
Illinois$32,822$15.786
Indiana$29,414$14.142
Iowa$30,194$14.521
Kansas$28,060$13.491
Kentucky$31,350$15.073
Louisiana$22,521$10.83
Maine$32,136$15.45
Maryland$29,792$14.321
Massachusetts$30,893$14.85
Michigan$32,962$15.852
Minnesota$31,298$15.054
Mississippi$28,473$13.691
Missouri$29,216$14.054
Montana$23,199$11.1517
Nebraska$27,542$13.249
Nevada$20,007$9.622
New Hampshire$29,681$14.27
New Jersey$39,920$19.19
New Mexico$24,466$11.761
New York$39,878$19.172
North Carolina$31,593$15.19
North Dakota$29,171$14.02
Ohio$34,651$16.663
Oklahoma$27,729$13.333
Oregon$24,527$11.796
Pennsylvania$38,755$18.632
Rhode Island$31,821$15.30
South Carolina$30,262$14.55
South Dakota$27,283$13.12
Tennessee$24,180$11.63
Texas$25,858$12.4318
Utah$22,160$10.654
Vermont$27,961$13.44
Virginia$35,012$16.831
Washington$21,745$10.4511
West Virginia$34,163$16.42
Wisconsin$25,149$12.092
Wyoming$22,885$11.00

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Highest Paying Cities For Farmer

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CityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
New York, NY$40,187$19.32
Kearny, NJ$40,061$19.26
Philadelphia, PA$39,257$18.87
Washington, DC$34,169$16.43
Ann Arbor, MI$32,992$15.86
Des Moines, IA$29,625$14.24

How much does a Farmer make?

The average Farmer salary is $28,279 per year, or $13.6 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $17,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $45,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio provide the highest Farmer salaries.

Average Farmer Salary Over Time

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    Farmer Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$28,300$13.60-4.5%
    2021$29,600$14.21+4.5%
    2020$28,200$13.57-2.5%
    2019$28,900$13.90+4.7%
    2018$27,600$13.25+3.3%

    How Much Do Farmers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a Farmer can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for Farmers tend to be found in Real Estate, Manufacturing, and Retail companies. In fact, Farmers can make a yearly salary of $27,459 while working for Real Estate companies.

    Highest Paying Industries For Farmers

    RankIndustryAverage Farmer SalaryFarmer Salary Range
    1Real Estate
    $27,459
    $21k
    $32k
    2Manufacturing
    $27,213
    $21k
    $32k
    3Retail
    $26,462
    $21k
    $32k
    4Agriculture
    $26,128
    $21k
    $32k
    5Professional
    $25,842
    $21k
    $32k
    6Government
    $25,422
    $21k
    $32k

    High Paying Farmer Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Farmer Salary
    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.
    Farm Labour

    Avg. salary: $26,889

    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.
    Farm Worker

    Avg. salary: $26,719

    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.

    Average Salary By Related Field

    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Farm Labour$26,890$2,241$12.9324,748
    Farm Worker$26,720$2,227$12.8543,806
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    Farmer Jobs You Might Like

    And if you're looking for a job, here are the five top employers hiring now:

    1. Jacobs Engineering Group Jobs (4)
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    Which Companies Pay Farmers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a Farmer, working for Dickinson College or J.B. Hunt Transport Services, might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like University of California, San Francisco and Washington State University report highly competitive wages for Farmers.

    And if you're looking for a job, here are the five top employers hiring now:

    1. Jacobs Engineering Group Jobs (4)
    2. Farmers Insurance Group Jobs (3)
    3. Washington State University Jobs (5)
    4. The Porter Co. Jobs (3)
    5. Farms Jobs (10)

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    Recently Added Farmer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Texas Department of Criminal JusticeMaintenance Supv I-Farm ShopBrazoria, TX01/25/2022$36,077
    Zingerman'sCornman Farms Event StaffDexter, MI01/11/2022$29,218
    Patty Pan CooperativeKitchen Prep/Farmers Market GrillShoreline, WA12/26/2021$37,566
    Randstad UsProduction/Hydroponic FarmerWest Columbia, SC12/24/2021$27,131
    Texas Department of Criminal JusticeMaintenance Supv I-Farm ShopNavasota, TX12/24/2021$36,077
    WSU DEPT of ProsserFarmer 3Prosser, WA12/22/2021$35,988
    Texas Department of Criminal JusticeMaintenance Supv III-Farm ShopBrazoria, TX12/14/2021$42,522
    University of CaliforniaFarm Smart CES 1Ione, CA12/14/2021$33,789
    BreadblokFarmers Market VendorHawthorne, CA10/28/2021$35,479
    Loki Fish CompanyFarmers Market EmployeeSeattle, WA08/27/2021$41,740

    Average Farmer Salary by Demographic

    Farmer Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $27,432
    female-income
    Female Income
    $25,894
    GenderIncome
    Male$27,432
    Female$25,894
    Median Farmer Income by Race
    Hispanic or Latino Farmers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian Farmers have the lowest average salary at $24,667.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino

    Farmer Income by Race

    EthnicitySalary
    White$26,863
    Black or African American$25,872
    Asian$24,667
    Hispanic or Latino$27,603
    Average Farmer Salary by Education Level
    Farmers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $34,171 annually. With a Bachelors degree, Farmers earn a median annual income of $31,454 compared to $27,432 for Farmers with an High School Diploma degree.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree

    Farmer Salary by Education Level

    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$27,432
    Master's Degree$34,171
    Bachelor's Degree$31,454
    Some College/ Associate Degree$26,365