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Salary of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations

The average annual salary of farming, fishing, and forestry occupations is shown in Table 1. Table 2 compares the median salaries across all farming, fishing, and forestry occupations in the United States. The farming, fishing, and forestry occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,480
25th Percentile Wage
$21,760
50th Percentile Wage
$24,390
75th Percentile Wage
$32,060
90th Percentile Wage
$43,990

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for farming, fishing, and forestry occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) farming, fishing, and forestry occupations is $43,990. The median annual salary is $24,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,480.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of farming, fishing, and forestry occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$24,390
3.61% 20.58%
2016
$23,510
7.44% -
2015
$21,760
6.94% -
2014
$20,250
4.30% -
2013
$19,380
0.05% -
2012
$19,370
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among farming, fishing, and forestry professions, ranging from $23,340 to $46,570. The highest-paid farming, fishing, and forestry occupations are first-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers with a median annual salary of $46,570. The lowest-paid farming, fishing, and forestry occupations in the United States are graders and sorters, agricultural products with a median annual salary of $23,340. For more salary information about a specific farming, fishing, and forestry profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers
$46,570
Agricultural Inspectors
$43,390
Fallers
$40,690
Other Logging Workers
$39,740
Logging Workers
$38,840
Logging Equipment Operators
$38,390
Log Graders and Scalers
$37,880
Animal Breeders
$37,560
Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers
$37,460
Other Agricultural Workers
$30,600
Agricultural Equipment Operators
$30,110
Fishing and Hunting Workers
$28,530
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
$28,310
Forest and Conservation Workers
$27,650
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
$25,470
Agricultural Workers
$23,830
Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers
$23,710
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
$23,380
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
$23,340