Farm Hand Salary

A Farm Hand earns an average wage of $10.93 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
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$19,519 - $45,434
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$45K
MEDIAN: $30,084
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$7.99 - $15.65
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,519 - $45,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,700  
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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$16,875 - $40,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.99 - $15.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,700  
   
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).
)
$16,875 - $40,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 303
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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.

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Experience Affects Farm Hand Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 4%
medical benefits
Vision: 2%
dental benefits
None: 78%
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