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Farm Manager Salary

Farm Managers in the United States can expect wages of $43K per year on average. Cash earnings for Farm Managers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $69K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a third collect dental insurance. Most Farm Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Farm Managers (84 percent) survey respondents are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,359 - $66,439
(Median)
$25K
$43K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,002
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$10.73 - $20.44
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,359 - $66,439  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,220  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,574  
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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$24,615 - $68,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 409
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.73 - $20.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.00  
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.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,220  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,574  
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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$24,615 - $68,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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Job Description for Farm Manager

Farm managers oversee the overall operation of a farm, including planning and managing production and handling business administration. The extent of a farm manager's duties and activities depends in large part on the size and complexity of the farm, as well as the type of farm. Generally, though, farm managers plan and direct activities such as planting, growing, and harvesting crops or breeding and raising livestock. They hire, train, and supervise workers and plan, coordinate, and direct their activities. Typical farm managers inspect farm buildings and equipment, making sure that routine maintenance is carried out and repairs are made when necessary. Farm managers are also responsible for ensuring that farm operations and practices meet health, safety, and environmental standards and regulations. Work is often physically strenuous, with long work hours and rare days off during harvesting season. Much time is spent outdoors, usually in more rural areas. Experience in an agricultural setting is useful, but education is required in order to prepare for the scientific, business, and financial decisions required in modern farming; completion of a two- to four-year degree from a school of agriculture is desirable. Ongoing education is required to stay current with advancements in technology and new farming techniques. Farm managers also must remain current with relevant regulations, especially those relating to the environment. Farm managers must have technical knowledge of plants, planting conditions and diseases if crops are grown on the farm; for livestock and dairy farms, managers must possess knowledge of animal husbandry and basic veterinary science. Farm managers must possess a mechanical aptitude for the farm equipment, commitment, business skills, and managerial aspects.


Farm Manager Tasks

  • Hire, train, and supervise workers and plan, coordinate, and direct their activities.
  • Plan and direct activities such as planting, growing, and harvesting crops or breeding and raising livestock.
  • Inspect farm buildings and equipment, making sure routine maintenance is carried out and repairs made when necessary.
  • Oversee the operation of a farm, including planning and managing production and handling business administration.
  • Ensure farm operations and practices meet health, safety, and environmental standards and regulations.

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Popular Skills for Farm Manager


Farm Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Equipment Maintenance. The majority of those who know Machine Operation also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Farm Manager

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


Farm Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Farm Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. As Farm Managers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $48K.

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Experience Affects Farm Manager Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Farm Manager Salaries

People Management
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Budget Management
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National Average
$41,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Equipment Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 44%
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