Farm Hand Salary

Men account for the majority of Farm Hands in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $10.94 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a fourth enjoy medical while less than 10 percent get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than five percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,830 - $45,781

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$7.96 - $15.35

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,830 - $45,781  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Total Pay (?
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$16,737 - $40,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $15.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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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$16,737 - $40,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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 often transition into Farm Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Farm Managers earn $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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $22K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $29K. For Farm Hands, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. Farm Hands who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $30K.

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Experience Affects Farm Hand Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

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
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
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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