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Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Manager Salary Information

The salary statistics of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Manager Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$121,690
75th Percentile Wage
$89,660
50th Percentile Wage
$68,050
25th Percentile Wage
$46,830
10th Percentile Wage
$34,170

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers is $121,690. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,050. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,170. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 256% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $68,050 -2.94%
2013 $70,110 1.17%
2012 $69,300 7.18%
2011 $64,660 6.44%
2010 $60,750 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 12.02%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.17%. We also note that the average annual wage had a sizable growth of 7.18% in 2012 and a sizable growth of 6.44% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Manager Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $81,190. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $31,230).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$81,190
Manufacturing
$78,510
Wholesale Trade
$70,600
Federal, State, and Local Government
$68,720
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$68,050
Educational Services
$55,580
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$49,700
Retail Trade
$40,230
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$31,230

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers by States

From the above tables we note that not only farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $42,850 to $80,500. The highest paying state for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers is Minnesota with a median annual salary of $80,500. The lowest paying state is Tennessee with a median annual salary of $42,850. For more salary information of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Minnesota
$80,500
California
$77,080
Florida
$74,840
Arkansas
$73,140
New York
$72,480
Wisconsin
$72,300
Washington
$70,000
Illinois
$69,580
Michigan
$64,740
Indiana
$63,100
Louisiana
$61,970
Iowa
$60,460
Idaho
$60,290
Kentucky
$59,440
Ohio
$59,180
Oregon
$57,350
Oklahoma
$51,910
North Carolina
$48,320
Arizona
$47,610
New Mexico
$47,090
Missouri
$46,830
Texas
$46,360
Mississippi
$45,780
Colorado
$43,280
Tennessee
$42,850