Agricultural work is one of the main sources of employment for immigrants in the United States.
Within this sector, there are many activities and areas where a person can be employed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), farm work refers to maintaining crops and tending livestock.
Farm workers often do their work outside in all kinds of weather. Furthermore, most work full time and some even work more than 40 hours per week, but how much do they earn?
How much money does an agricultural worker in the USA make? This is the hourly wage
According to the BLS Occupational Employment and Wages report, the average salary for an agricultural worker in the United States is $17.04 per hour and $35,440 per year.
However, the salary varies depending on the years worked, experience, as well as the type of work performed and location. For example, farm equipment operators have higher salaries. According to the BLS, farm equipment operators earn, on average, $19.11 per hour and $39,750 per year.
On the other hand, animal breeders have an average salary of $23.39 per hour and $48,650 per year. Agricultural workers in crops, nurseries, and greenhouses reported average wages of $16.49 per hour and $34,300 per year.
As for farm, ranch, and aquaculture workers, they earn $17.45 an hour, on average, and $36,290 a year, according to the BLS.
According to data shared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the states with the highest employment levels for agricultural workers are California, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Michigan.
On the other hand, the entities with the highest wages for agricultural workers are Oklahoma, North Carolina, Arizona, California, and Utah.