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Farm Hand Salary

Men account for the majority of Farm Hands in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $11.10 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one in four, and less than one in ten earn dental coverage. Most Farm Hands like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$15,102 - $48,479
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$48K
MEDIAN: $29,724
10%
50%
90%

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$7.93 - $15.36
(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
$15,102 - $48,479  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,904  
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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$16,605 - $41,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.93 - $15.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $0.98  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.17  
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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,904  
   
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).
)
$16,605 - $41,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 204

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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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Advancing into a Farm Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Farm Hands, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $28K. Farm Hands claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $27K. 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 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 2% employee benefits None: 74%
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