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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. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of 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 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,380
25th Percentile Wage
$20,810
50th Percentile Wage
$23,510
75th Percentile Wage
$30,930
90th Percentile Wage
$42,860

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 $42,860. The median annual salary is $23,510. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,380.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of farming, fishing, and forestry occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201623,5107.44%17.61%
201521,7606.94%-
201420,2504.30%-
201319,3800.05%-
201219,370--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations (2016 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all farming, fishing, and forestry occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among farming, fishing, and forestry professions and range from $22,000 to $45,320. The highest paid farming, fishing, and forestry occupations are first-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers with a median annual salary of $45,320. The lowest paid farming, fishing, and forestry occupations in the United States are farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse with a median annual salary of $22,000. 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
$45,320
Agricultural Inspectors
$42,800
Other Logging Workers
$38,950
Logging Workers
$37,590
Logging Equipment Operators
$37,490
Fallers
$37,370
Log Graders and Scalers
$37,090
Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers
$36,510
Animal Breeders
$35,690
Other Agricultural Workers
$31,160
Fishing and Hunting Workers
$29,280
Agricultural Equipment Operators
$28,850
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers
$27,110
Forest and Conservation Workers
$26,940
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
$24,520
Agricultural Workers
$22,740
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
$22,520
Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers
$22,520
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
$22,000