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Farm Hand Salary

Men make up the majority of Farm Hands in the United States, bringing in about $11.08 per hour. Most Farm Hands report high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one-fourth enjoy medical while less than five percent get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than two percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,859 - $49,003
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$49K
MEDIAN: $29,687
10%
50%
90%

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$7.94 - $15.35
(Median)
$7
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,859 - $49,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
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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$16,592 - $41,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $15.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $0.98  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
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).
)
$16,592 - $41,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Farm Hand


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Farm Hands who move on to become Farm Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Farm Managers get paid an average of $39K 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $28K. Farm Hands who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $26K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $30K.

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Experience Affects Farm Hand Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
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National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 2% employee benefits None: 75%