Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for ranch hands in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 17,375 ranch hands currently employed in the United States.
  • 21.7% of all ranch hands are women, while 78.3% are men.
  • The average age of an employed ranch hand is 40 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of ranch hands is White (62.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (26.8%), Black or African American (4.2%) and Unknown (3.1%).
  • Ranch hands are most in-demand in Kingsville, TX.
  • The health care industry is the highest-paying for ranch hands.
  • 3% of all ranch hands are LGBT.

Ranch Hand Statistics By Gender

21.7% of ranch hands are women and 78.3% of ranch hands are men.

  • Male, 78.3%
  • Female, 21.7%

Ranch Hands By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male78.3%
Female21.7%

Gender Pay Gap For Ranch Hand

Women Earn 93¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$28,677
female-income
Female Income
$26,813

Ranch Hand Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the ranch hand position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Ranch Hand Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201083.14%16.86%
201184.40%15.60%
201284.04%15.96%
201383.02%16.98%
201481.24%18.76%
201580.59%19.41%
201680.61%19.39%
201779.77%20.23%
201878.28%21.72%
201979.54%20.46%
202080.62%19.38%
202178.31%21.69%

Ranch Hand Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, ditch rider and custom harvester have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Groom19%81%
Stable Hand20%80%
Nursery Worker22%78%
Ranch Hand78%22%
Hay Baler94%6%
Custom Harvester96%4%
Ditch Rider97%3%
Male
Female

Ranch Hand Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among ranch hands is White, which makes up 62.9% of all ranch hands. Comparatively, there are 26.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 4.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 62.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 26.8%
  • Black or African American, 4.2%
  • Unknown, 3.1%
  • Asian, 1.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.2%

Ranch Hand Race

Ranch Hand RacePercentages
White62.9%
Hispanic or Latino26.8%
Black or African American4.2%
Unknown3.1%
Asian1.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.2%

Ranch Hand Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among ranch hands.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Ranch Hand Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201063.30%4.84%1.31%28.66%
201163.85%5.29%1.26%27.54%
201263.45%5.36%1.27%27.56%
201363.19%5.08%1.27%28.01%
201464.45%4.66%1.34%27.15%
201566.25%4.75%1.48%25.13%
201665.76%4.28%1.35%26.41%
201767.90%3.90%1.35%24.52%
201868.71%4.30%1.30%23.23%
201967.69%4.07%1.26%24.49%
202069.62%4.20%1.39%20.11%
202162.94%4.24%1.80%26.80%

Ranch Hand Wage Gap By Race

White ranch hands have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino ranch hands have the lowest average salary at $28,191.
$31,000
$30,000
$29,000
$28,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$28,547
White$29,481
Black or African American$28,712
Asian$28,469
Hispanic or Latino$28,191

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Average Age of a Ranch Hand

We determined the average age of ranch hands based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Ranch Hand Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American5144.5
Unknown3637
Asian40.553
Hispanic or Latino4040
White3737
American Indian and Alaska Native36.5

Ranch Hand Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of ranch hand employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of ranch hands is 40+ years old, which represents 50% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Ranch Hand Age

Ranch Hand YearsPercentages
40+ years50%
30-40 years26%
20-30 years23%

Types of Ranch Hand Degree Levels

The most common degree for ranch hands is bachelor's degree 38% of ranch hands earn that degree. A close second is high school diploma with 33% and rounding it off is associate degree with 19%.

  • Bachelors, 38%
  • High School Diploma, 33%
  • Associate, 19%
  • Diploma, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

Ranch Hands By Education

Ranch Hand DegreePercentages
Bachelors38%
High School Diploma33%
Associate19%
Diploma6%
Other Degrees4%

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Ranch Hand Wage Gap By Education

Ranch hands with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $29,148 annually. With a Bachelors degree, ranch hands earn a median annual income of $29,074 compared to $28,034 for ranch hands with an High School Diploma degree.
$30,000
$29,000
$28,000
$27,000
High School Diploma or Less
No Education
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$28,034
No Education$27,477
Bachelor's Degree$29,074
Some College/ Associate Degree$29,148

Ranch Hand Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where ranch hands work. We found most ranch hands work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most ranch hands is the professional industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire ranch hands.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Ranch Hand Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees15%
50 - 100 employees24%
100 - 500 employees26%
500 - 1,000 employees9%
1,000 - 10,000 employees18%
> 10,000 employees8%

The Types Of Companies Ranch Hand Work In

Employees with the ranch hand job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most ranch hands prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Ranch Hand Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education4%
Public10%
Private83%
Government4%

Top Industries Hiring Ranch Hands

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ ranch hands. Those industries include professional, manufacturing and retail.

Professional

Manufacturing

Retail

Hospitality

Media

Ranch Hand Turnover And Employment Statistics

Ranch Hand Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of ranch hands changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Ranch Hand Unemployment Rate By Year

YearRanch Hand Unemployment Rate
201014.65%
201113.95%
201214.17%
201312.64%
201410.53%
20159.52%
20168.71%
20177.84%
20188.05%
20196.81%
20208.39%
20218.02%

The Average Number of Years That Ranch Hand Stay in a Job

By looking over 12,750 ranch hands resumes, we figured out that the average ranch hand enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 31%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Ranch Hand Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year31%
1-2 years28%
3-4 years14%
5-7 years14%
8-10 years5%
11+ years9%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Ranch Hands

The most common foreign language among ranch hands is Spanish at 71.1%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is German at 6.4% and Dakota is the third-most popular at 4.8%.

  • Spanish, 71.1%
  • German, 6.4%
  • Dakota, 4.8%
  • French, 4.8%
  • Portuguese, 2.1%
  • Other, 10.8%

Ranch Hand Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish71.1%
German6.4%
Dakota4.8%
French4.8%
Portuguese2.1%
Other10.8%

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Where Do Ranch Hands Earn The Most?

Ranch hands earn the most in North Dakota, where the average ranch hand salary is $35,156. The map here shows where ranch hands earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Ranch Hand Demographics FAQs

How Many Ranch Hand Are There In The Us?

There are over 17,375 Ranch Hands in the United States.

What Percentage Of Ranch Hands Are Black?

4.2% of Ranch Hands are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Ranch Hands?

Most a are White, with 62.9% of Ranch Hands belonging to this ethnicity. 26.8% of Ranch Hands are Hispanic or Latino, 4.2% of Ranch Hands are Black or African American, 3.1% of Ranch Hands are Unknown, 1.8% of Ranch Hands are Asian, and 1.2% of Ranch Hands are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Ranch Hand Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Ranch Hand jobs are male - dominated. 78% of Ranch Hands are male, and 21% are female, so there are more male Ranch Hands than female Ranch Hands in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Ranch Hand?

The average Ranch Hand is 40 years old. 50% of Ranch Hands are 40+ years old or older, 26% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 23% are between 20-30 years old

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