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Working As A Grower

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Grower Do

Agricultural workers maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labor under the supervision of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.

Duties

Agricultural workers typically do the following:

  • Harvest and inspect crops by hand
  • Irrigate farm soil and maintain ditches or pipes and pumps
  • Operate and service farm machinery and tools
  • Spray fertilizer or pesticide solutions to control insects, fungi, and weeds
  • Move shrubs, plants, and trees with wheelbarrows or tractors
  • Feed livestock and clean and disinfect their pens, cages, yards, and hutches
  • Examine animals to detect symptoms of illnesses or injuries
  • Use brands, tags, or tattoos to mark livestock in order to identify ownership and grade
  • Herd livestock to pastures for grazing or to scales, trucks, or other enclosures
  • Administer vaccines to protect animals from diseases

The following are examples of types of agricultural workers:

Crop, nursery, and greenhouse farmworkers and laborers perform numerous tasks related to growing and harvesting grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other crops. They plant, seed, prune, irrigate, and harvest crops, and pack and load them for shipment.

Farmworkers also apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers to crops. They repair fences and some farm equipment.

Nursery and greenhouse workers prepare land or greenhouse beds for growing horticultural products such as trees, plants, flowers, and sod. They also plant, water, prune, weed, and spray the plants. They may cut, roll, and stack sod; stake trees; tie, wrap, and pack plants to fill orders; and dig up or move field-grown shrubs and trees.

Farm and ranch animal farmworkers care for live animals, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. These animals usually are raised to supply meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, or honey.

These farmworkers may feed, herd, brand, weigh, and load animals. They also keep records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides.

Many workers clean and maintain animal housing areas every day. On dairy farms, animal farmworkers operate milking machines.

Agricultural equipment operators use a variety of farm equipment to plow and sow seeds, as well as maintain and harvest crops. They may use tractors, fertilizer spreaders, balers, combines, threshers, and trucks. These workers also operate machines such as conveyor belts, loading machines, separators, cleaners, and dryers. Workers may make adjustments and minor repairs to equipment.

Animal breeders use their knowledge of genetics and animal science to select and breed animals that will produce offspring with desired traits and characteristics. For example, they breed chickens that lay more eggs, pigs that produce leaner meat, and sheep with more desirable wool. Other animal breeders breed and raise cats, dogs, and other household pets.

To know which animals to breed and when to breed them, animal breeders keep detailed records. Breeders note animals’ health, size, and weight, as well as the amount and quality of the product they produce. Animal breeders also track the traits of animals’ offspring.

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How To Become A Grower

Agricultural workers typically receive on-the-job training. A high school diploma is not needed for most jobs as an agricultural worker; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders.

Education and Training

Most agricultural workers do not need a high school diploma; however, a high school diploma typically is needed for animal breeders. Some jobs as an animal breeder may require some postsecondary education.

Agricultural workers typically receive some short-term on-the-job training. Employers instruct them on how to use simple farming tools and more complex machinery while following appropriate safety procedures. More experienced workers also are expected to perform routine maintenance on the tools they use.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Agricultural workers need excellent hand–eye coordination to harvest crops and operate farm machinery.

Listening skills. Agricultural workers need to work well with others. Because they take instructions from farmers and other agricultural managers, effective listening is critical.

Physical stamina. Agricultural workers need to be able to perform laborious tasks repeatedly.

Physical strength. Agricultural workers must be strong enough to lift heavy objects, including tools and crops.

Mechanical skills. Agricultural workers must be able to operate complex farm machinery. They also occasionally do routine maintenance on the machinery.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Animal breeders sometimes need previous work experience interacting with livestock. Ranch workers may transition into animal breeding after they become more familiar with animals and learn how to handle them.

Advancement

Agricultural workers may advance to crew leader or other supervisory positions. The ability to speak both English and Spanish is helpful for agricultural supervisors.

Some agricultural workers aspire to become farmers, ranchers, or agricultural managers or to own their own farms and ranches. Knowledge of produce and livestock may provide an excellent background for becoming buyers or purchasing agents of farm products. Those who earn a college degree in agricultural science could become agricultural or food scientists.

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Grower Demographics

Gender

Male

56.8%

Female

32.6%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

68.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

8.7%

Asian

5.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.4%

French

5.4%

Polish

5.4%

Portuguese

2.7%

Dari

2.7%

Hindi

2.7%

Urdu

2.7%
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Grower Education

Schools

Michigan State University

9.2%

Colorado State University

8.5%

University of Florida

7.0%

University of Connecticut

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

West Virginia University

4.9%

University of Georgia

4.9%

University of Arizona

4.9%

New Mexico State University

4.2%

Ferris State University

4.2%

Auburn University

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Joliet Junior College

4.2%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Washington State University

4.2%

Oregon State University

4.2%

Kansas State University

3.5%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

Old Dominion University

3.5%
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Majors

Plant Sciences

33.5%

Applied Horticulture

11.2%

Business

10.3%

Biology

6.3%

Agriculture

4.8%

Environmental Science

4.8%

Accounting

3.6%

Management

3.2%

General Studies

2.5%

Agricultural Business

2.1%

Computer Science

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Finance

1.9%

Medical Assisting Services

1.9%

Fine Arts

1.7%

Botany

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.7%

Agricultural Production Operations

1.7%

Education

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.4%

Other

22.6%

Associate

16.6%

Masters

7.4%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$37,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$172,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Costa Farms
Highest Paying City
Plymouth, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Grower make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Grower in the United States is $80,355 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $172,000.

Real Grower Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Grower Windset Farms (California) Inc. Santa Maria, CA Sep 17, 2013 $140,000
Senior Grower Windset Farms (California) Inc. Santa Maria, CA Sep 19, 2013 $140,000
Upland Crop Head Grower B&W Quality Growers, Inc. Fellsmere, FL Jan 04, 2013 $140,000 -
$160,000
Senior Grower Village Farms, L.P. Monahans, TX Nov 15, 2011 $120,000
Head Grower Rocket Farms, Inc. Half Moon Bay, CA Nov 24, 2015 $120,000
Head Grower Growers Transplanting Inc. Salinas, CA Mar 16, 2015 $80,000
Grower Windset Greenhouses Nevada Inc. North Las Vegas, NV Oct 01, 2011 $75,000
Watercress Grower Coordinator B & W Quality Growers Inc. Fellsmere, FL Apr 15, 2013 $75,000
Greenhouse Grower Nature Fresh Farms USA Inc. Delta, OH Aug 19, 2016 $73,466 -
$80,000
Grower Topiary Creations Inc. Naples, FL Mar 27, 2009 $66,210
Greenhouse Grower Nature Fresh Farms USA Inc. Delta, OH Jul 21, 2016 $61,610 -
$85,322
Greenhouse Grower Nature Fresh Farms USA Inc. Delta, OH Jan 10, 2016 $61,610 -
$85,322
Grower Altman Specialty Plants, Inc. Vista, CA Oct 01, 2012 $59,800
Head Grower Bloomaker USA Inc. Waynesboro, VA Aug 31, 2016 $58,552
Assistant Specialty Grower Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, Inc. Center Moriches, NY Apr 09, 2015 $55,078
Assistant Specialty Grower Kurt Weiss Greenhouses Inc. Center Moriches, NY Oct 01, 2009 $49,150
Living Organic Greenhouse Grower (Agronomy Enginee Shenandoah Growers, Inc. Harrisonburg, VA Aug 05, 2013 $48,000
Assistant Grower Wagner Greenhouses, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jul 31, 2012 $47,362
Horticultural Specialty Grower Longwood Gardens, Inc. Kennett Square, PA Mar 15, 2010 $45,000 -
$50,000
Assistant Specialty Grower Kurt Weiss Greenhouses of Pa, Inc. Mount Carmel, PA Sep 23, 2013 $41,600
Assistant Grower Wagner Greenhouses, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Sep 10, 2010 $38,792
Assistant Specialty Grower Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, Inc. Center Moriches, NY Sep 08, 2013 $38,480
Assistant Grower Gerten Greenhouses & Garden Center, Inc. Inver Grove Heights, MN Nov 01, 2014 $38,210
Grower Schroeders Flowers Green Bay, WI Feb 22, 2008 $37,921
Lead Grower Pleasant View Gardens, Inc. Loudon, NH Jan 16, 2015 $37,648
Assistant Grower Pahl Farms, Inc. Apple Valley, MN Sep 17, 2010 $37,170 -
$40,000
Assistant Specialty Grower Georgetown Greenhouses, Inc. Georgetown, SC Sep 09, 2010 $36,564
Assistant Specialty Grower Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, Inc. Center Moriches, NY Sep 23, 2012 $35,000

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Top Skills for A Grower

  1. Greenhouse
  2. Pesticide Applications
  3. Disease Control
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained nursery irrigation system and greenhouse structures.
  • Involved greenhouse production of annual flowers and perennials, horticulture practices, fertilizing, pesticide applications.
  • Applied chemicals for pests and disease control.
  • Prepare produce and wool items for area farmer's markets and provide excellent customer service.
  • Supervised and Trained Greenhouse staff Monitored all incoming and outgoing shipments for quality and accuracy.

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  2. Rhode Island
  3. New Jersey
  4. New York
  5. Colorado
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