For Farm Hands, hourly average wages total $10.42 per hour. Job satisfaction for Farm Hands is high. A little less than one-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one-tenth collect dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Farm Hands (89 percent) who took the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,854 - $46,633
(Median)
$19K
$30K
$47K
MEDIAN: $29,969
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$8.05 - $16.05
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,854 - $46,633  
   
Bonus
$491.94 - $5,837  
Profit Sharing
$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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$17,178 - $41,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $16.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.30  
Overtime
$8.26 - $24.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$491.94 - $5,837  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$17,178 - $41,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 309

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Farm Hand


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At the upper end, Farm Hands who move into a Diesel Technician role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Diesel Technicians is a much higher $42K per year. Career advancement for the typical Farm Hand often leads to becoming a Farm Manager or a Farmer; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Farm Hand

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $28K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. Farm Hands who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Farm Hand Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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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 76 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
medical benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 81%
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