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Working As A Vegetable Harvest Worker

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $25,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Vegetable Harvest Worker 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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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 Yearly Salary
$25,000
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$22,000
Min 10%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
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Shawnee, OK
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
1.5 years
How much does a Vegetable Harvest Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Vegetable Harvest Worker in the United States is $25,136 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 $27,000.

Real Vegetable Harvest Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
ROW Crop Vegetable Farm Havester Washington Farm Labor Association Kent, WA Apr 15, 2015 $25,921
ROW Crop Vegetable Harvester Washington Farm Labor Association Kent, WA Jun 27, 2015 $25,921
ROW Crop Vegetable Harvester Carpinito Brothers, Inc. Kent, WA Jun 27, 2015 $25,921
ROW Crop Vegetable Farm Havester Carpinito Brothers, Inc. Kent, WA Apr 15, 2015 $25,921
Vegetable Harvester Hartway Brothers Albion, NY Sep 05, 2016 $25,837
Vegetable Harvesters McNeill Labor Management, Inc. Oaktown, IN Jun 15, 2016 $25,190
Vegetable Harvester MWD Farms, LLC Prairie Grove, AR Mar 15, 2014 $25,044
Vegetable Harvest Workers Fresh Harvest, Inc. Monterey, CA Jan 04, 2016 $24,814
Vegetable Harvester & Packer DJ & J Farms, Inc. Kingsbury, NY Jan 07, 2016 $24,501
Vegetable Workers James J. Piedimonte and Sons Inc. Holley, NY Jun 05, 2016 $24,501
Fruit and Vegetable Worker Janoski Farms, Inc. Clinton, PA Oct 03, 2016 $24,334
Vegetable Harvester and Packer John D. Fishering Olathe, CO Jun 20, 2015 $23,729
Vegetable Harvester and Packer Olathe Corn Company, LLC Olathe, CO Jun 27, 2016 $23,520
Vegetable Harvest Workers Fresh Harvest, Inc. Center, CO Apr 07, 2016 $23,520
Vegetable Workers Crow and Sons Farm Shawnee, OK Mar 06, 2015 $22,665
Vegetable Workers Crow and Sons Farm Shawnee, OK Mar 07, 2014 $22,665
Vegetable Hand-Harvesters Fortino Ramirez Bautista Faison, NC May 14, 2016 $22,373
Vegetable Workers M&M Plant Farms, Inc. Elon, NC Apr 15, 2016 $22,373
Vegetable Hand Harvester Vasquez Citrus & Hauling, Inc. Faison, NC Jan 05, 2016 $22,373
Vegetable Hand Harvester Rainbrook Farms, LLC FL Oct 04, 2016 $22,331
Vegetable Hand Harvester Deleon Agricultural Service, LLC FL Feb 04, 2016 $22,331
Vegetable Hand Harvester Olvera Trucking Corp. Chiefland, FL May 15, 2016 $22,331
Vegetable Harvest Workers Fresh Harvest, Inc. Yuma, AZ Feb 11, 2015 $21,997
Vegetable Workers Eagle Tree Farm, Inc. Colonial Beach, VA May 20, 2015 $21,538
Vegetable Hand-Harvesters Fortino Ramirez Bautista Faison, NC Jun 20, 2015 $21,538
Vegetable Hand Harvester Jamesu Farm Labor LLC Florida City, FL Nov 01, 2014 $21,413
Vegetable and Hand Harvester Workers Temp Labor LLC Plant City, FL Nov 17, 2014 $21,413
Vegetable Hand Harvester Jorge Reyes FL Apr 20, 2014 $21,413
Vegetable Hand Harvester Jamesu Farm Labor LLC Florida City, FL Apr 04, 2014 $21,413
Vegetable and Hand Harvester Workers Elizabeth MacIas Grand Ridge, FL Jun 08, 2014 $21,413

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Vegetable Harvest Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

63.8%

Female

23.2%

Unknown

13.0%
Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino

43.4%

White

42.2%

Black or African American

6.0%

Asian

4.4%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Vegetable Harvest Worker Education

Schools

William M. Maguy School of Education

15.4%

Hartnell College

11.5%

Oregon State University

7.7%

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

3.8%

San Joaquin Valley College

3.8%

Bakersfield College

3.8%

Imperial Valley College

3.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.8%

Clinton Community College

3.8%

Charter College

3.8%

Ball State University

3.8%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.8%

University of California - Santa Cruz

3.8%

University of New Hampshire

3.8%

Georgia Southern University

3.8%

Maysville Community and Technical College

3.8%

Clackamas Community College

3.8%

Madera Beauty College

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

3.8%

University of Alaska Anchorage

3.8%
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Majors

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

12.5%

Music

8.3%

Education

8.3%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

4.2%

Medical Technician

4.2%

Nursing Assistants

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering

4.2%

Food And Nutrition

4.2%

Precision Metal Working

4.2%

Business

4.2%

Fine Arts

4.2%

Applied Mathematics

4.2%

Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

4.2%

Plant Sciences

4.2%

Law

4.2%

Environmental Science

4.2%

Law Enforcement

4.2%

Agricultural Operation And Science

4.2%

Biological Engineering

4.2%
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Degrees

Other

48.3%

Certificate

24.1%

Bachelors

20.7%

Associate

6.9%
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