Farm Hand Salary

A sizeable majority of Farm Hands in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $11.03 per hour. Just under one in four enjoy medical while less than 10 percent get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in twenty. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Farm Hands. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$17,522 - $45,615
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$46K
MEDIAN: $29,963
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90%

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$7.96 - $15.38
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,522 - $45,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,883  
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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$16,699 - $40,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $15.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,883  
   
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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$16,699 - $40,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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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Many Farm Hands move into a Farm Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $22K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $29K. Farm Hands see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $30K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Farm Hand Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 2% employee benefits None: 76%
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