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Agricultural Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of agricultural workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of agricultural workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of agricultural workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The agricultural workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Agricultural Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,160
25th Percentile Wage
$20,810
50th Percentile Wage
$22,740
75th Percentile Wage
$27,570
90th Percentile Wage
$36,680

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for agricultural workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) agricultural workers is $36,680. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $22,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,160. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 91% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of agricultural workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201622,7409.85%16.36%
201520,5004.98%-
201419,4802.16%-
201319,0600.21%-
201219,020--

Table 2. Agricultural Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of agricultural workers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for agricultural workers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $39,480. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $21,130).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,480
Utilities
$32,070
Finance and Insurance
$30,040
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$29,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$28,630
Construction
$26,960
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$26,640
Educational Services
$26,440
Mining
$26,350
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,590
Manufacturing
$24,860
Transportation and Warehousing
$24,650
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$24,070
Wholesale Trade
$24,020
Retail Trade
$23,110
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,040
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,470
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$22,080
Accommodation and Food Services
$21,130

Table 3. Salaries of Agricultural Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of agricultural worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Agricultural Inspectors
$42,800
Animal Breeders
$35,690
Other Agricultural Workers
$31,160
Agricultural Equipment Operators
$28,850
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
$24,520
Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers
$22,520
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
$22,520
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
$22,000



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