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Farm Manager Salary (United States)

Farm Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $41K per year. Cash earnings for Farm Managers — including $10K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $23K to $67K depending on individual performance. Just over a half enjoy medical while about one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a fifth. The vast majority of Farm Managers (82 percent) are men. Most Farm Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Farm Manager Salary (?
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$23,685 - $65,383
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MEDIAN: $41,221
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Farm Manager Salary (?
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$10.64 - $19.70
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,685 - $65,383  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,237  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $19,797  
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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$23,402 - $67,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $19.70  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,237  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $19,797  
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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$23,402 - $67,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 7 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Equipment Maintenance. The majority of those who know Budget Management also know Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Farm Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Farm Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. As Farm Managers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average sum in this group is $46K. Close to one-half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one in five.

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Experience Affects Farm Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Farm Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 14%
Budget Management
up arrow 7%
National Average
$40,000
Machine Operation
up arrow 1%
Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 45%