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Working As A Milker

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $25,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Milker 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 Milker

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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Average Length of Employment
Dairy Farmer 6.4 years
Herdsman 3.9 years
Farm Hand 3.2 years
Farm Worker 3.0 years
Ranch Hand 2.7 years
Farm Helper 2.7 years
Milker 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Milker
Cashier 21.8%
Farm Hand 9.4%
Cook 7.3%
Waitress 4.9%
Server 4.5%
Internship 4.1%
Manager 3.3%
Driver 2.6%
Assistant 2.6%
Supervisor 2.4%
Top Careers After Milker
Cashier 15.1%
Farm Hand 8.1%
Assembler 5.2%
Cook 5.0%
Server 4.3%
Herdsman 4.1%
Internship 3.6%
Technician 3.4%
Cleaner 3.3%
Manager 3.3%
Stocker 3.1%
Volunteer 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$25,000
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$22,000
Min 10%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lakeview Farms
Highest Paying City
Brownfield, TX
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Milker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Milker in the United States is $25,133 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $28,000.

Real Milker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Milker Full Circle Dairy Lee, FL Jan 13, 2010 $29,009
Milkers Full Circle Dairy Lee, FL Jan 19, 2010 $29,009
Milker Full Circle Dairy Lee, FL Jan 19, 2010 $29,009
Milker Full Circle Dairy Lee, FL Jan 21, 2010 $29,009
Milker Full Circle Dairy Lee, FL Jan 12, 2010 $28,968
Milker Red Willow Dairy, LLC McCook, NE Jan 03, 2008 $25,044
Milker Red Willow Dairy, LLC McCook, NE May 21, 2008 $25,044
Milker Rainbow Valley Dairy Buckeye, AZ Dec 06, 2010 $18,053
Milker Rainbow Valley Dairy Buckeye, AZ Jan 24, 2011 $18,053
Milker Rainbow Valley Dairy Buckeye, AZ Mar 18, 2011 $18,053
Milker Rainbow Valley Dairy Buckeye, AZ May 14, 2009 $18,053
Milker Rainbow Valley Dairy Buckeye, AZ May 12, 2009 $18,053
Milker Rainbow Valley Dairy Buckeye, AZ Apr 29, 2009 $18,053
Milker Rainbow Valley Dairy Buckeye, AZ Aug 28, 2009 $18,053
Milker J & R Dairy Bakersfield, CA Nov 05, 2010 $17,531 -
$17,740
Milker J & R Dairy Bakersfield, CA Nov 08, 2010 $17,531 -
$17,740
Milker J & R Dairy Bakersfield, CA Dec 08, 2010 $17,531 -
$17,740

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Top Skills for A Milker

  1. Milk Cows
  2. Clean Barn
  3. Herd Cattle
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Milk cows in the morning along with feeding calves once in a while in the morning time
  • Clean barn, scrap crap, report any sickness or disease on cows or calves.
  • Set up/Shutdown parlor, prepared cows for milking, herd cattle, managed parlor without supervision
  • Implemented vaccination and calf identification program.
  • Operate the diary milk production, bedded cows, cow maintenance, help feed research

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Top 10 Best States for Milkers

  1. Louisiana
  2. Texas
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Iowa
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Mississippi
  7. Nevada
  8. Washington
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Kansas
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Milker Demographics

Gender

Male

52.2%

Female

37.8%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

67.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

7.4%

Asian

4.6%

Unknown

2.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

97.0%

Thai

3.0%

Milker Education

Schools

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

8.2%

College of Southern Idaho

7.1%

Baker College

6.1%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

6.1%

Fox Valley Technical College

6.1%

Northcentral Technical College

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

Muskegon Community College

5.1%

Hawkeye Community College

5.1%

Lakeshore Technical College

5.1%

State University of New York College of Agriculture & Technology at Morrisville

4.1%

Grand Valley State University

4.1%

Baker College of Owosso

4.1%

Rochester Community and Technical College

4.1%

Genesee Community College

4.1%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Ridgewater College

4.1%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

4.1%

Iowa Lakes Community College

4.1%

Mid-State Technical College

4.1%
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Majors

Animal Science

16.3%

Business

9.6%

Automotive Technology

8.3%

Criminal Justice

6.7%

Nursing

6.1%

Precision Metal Working

5.4%

General Studies

5.4%

Medical Assisting Services

5.4%

Accounting

4.5%

Biology

4.2%

Agricultural Business

4.2%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Nursing Assistants

3.2%

Psychology

3.2%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Cosmetology

2.2%

Computer Science

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Agriculture

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

44.6%

Bachelors

23.4%

Associate

16.0%

Certificate

9.9%

Diploma

4.0%

Masters

1.0%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.4%
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