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Farm Hand Salary (United States)

Male Farm Hands number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $11.14 per hour in the United States. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth enjoy medical while less than five percent get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than two percent. Most Farm Hands like their work and job satisfaction is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Farm Hand Salary (?
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$14,820 - $43,410
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MEDIAN: $27,468
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Farm Hand Salary (?
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$7.87 - $15.39
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$14,820 - $43,410  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,112  
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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$16,457 - $41,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.87 - $15.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,112  
   
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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$16,457 - $41,161  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Farm Hand

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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 $28K. Farm Hands bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $26K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a majority of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just over one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

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Experience Affects Farm Hand Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
Late-Career
up arrow 5%
Experienced
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National Average
$25,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 22% dental benefits Dental: 4%
vision benefits Vision: 1% employee benefits None: 77%