An average Farm Hand in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.78 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Farm Hands, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to around a sixth, and fewer than one in twenty earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,015 - $46,445
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$46K
MEDIAN: $30,191
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$8.11 - $16.32
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MEDIAN: $10.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,015 - $46,445  
   
Bonus
$491.94 - $5,987  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$17,382 - $43,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.11 - $16.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.30  
Overtime
$9.86 - $27.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$491.94 - $5,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,382 - $43,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 333

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Job Description for Farm Hand

A farm hand is responsible for handling a myriad of tasks for a farming operation. They operate machinery to perform farm tasks, such as by using a tractor to initially plow soil into a planting condition. After initial plowing, the farm hand uses a seeder and planter to plant the seeds into the plowed soil; then, they use a spreader or sprayer to apply fertilizer. As the crops grow, the farm hand uses pesticides on the crops to prevent losses; after the crops reach maturity, the farm hand uses a harvester to harvest the crops. To appropriately use all of this machinery the farm hand must be well versed in safety practices and best practices. On top of using a variety of machinery, the farm hand is also responsible for maintaining and repairing the equipment they use.

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Farm Hand Tasks

  • Care for animals, including feeding, health observation, tracking animal movements and grooming.
  • Maintain farm equipment and shelters.
  • Operate farm equipment, including using tractors, irrigating for floods and transporting animals.

Common Career Paths for Farm Hand


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As Farm Hands transition into upper-level roles such as Diesel Technician, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Diesel Technicians earn $42K on average per year. It is quite typical for Farm Hands to transition into roles as Farm Managers or Farmers, where reported median earnings are $14K and $5K higher per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Farm Hand

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Farm Hands, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $22K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. Farm Hands claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $31K.

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Key Stats for Farm Hand

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
039
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Farm Hand Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
vision benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 82%
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