A horse farrier's average salary per year

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A horse farrier's average salary per year
Farrier at work (horse shoe molding1 image by MLA Photography from Fotolia.com)

The salary range for a horse farrier is set by a combination of the farrier setting his own rates based on various factors that include experience, training, and the costs of running a horseshoeing business and the prices that the market will bear. The farrier works individually with individuals or businesses managing the horses that need shoeing; and sets the rates charged per shoeing session based on an annual salary goal consistent with his background and education as described at the Wind im Wald Farm website.

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Range

While likely anticipated annual salaries for a horse farrier have a narrower range than do many other professions, you can still anticipate some diversity in the annual salary an individual horse farrier achieves based on specifics of the individual’s qualifications for this work. Overall, however, the annual salary range you can anticipate for a full-time horse farrier extends from a low of about £15,600 to a high of about £31,850 as detailed at the Wind im Wald Farm website. As to the median rate, the Swz.Salary website identifies this figure for United States farriers as £13,410.

Beginner

For a beginning farrier, that is to say an individual new to the profession and whose credentials for the work consist solely of completing a six-week shoeing school program, you can anticipate such a farrier’s annual salary as comprising approximately £15,600. However, such a farrier could eventually improve his salary outlook by obtaining further education on a part-time basis while continuing to work as a full-time farrier.

Journeyman and Master

For a journeyman-level farrier whose training includes some continuing education curriculum, you can anticipate the farrier achieving an annual salary somewhat higher than for a beginning farrier with just shoeing school training. Journeyman farriers who have continuing education training, but do not have college-level or higher degrees, aim for an annual salary of approximately £23,400. A Master Farrier whose educational background includes only continuing education typically will have an annual salary in the £26,000 range.

BS/Equine Science

Increasing the educational background included in a farrier’s credentials provides the best outlook for a horse farrier to increase annual salary. A horse farrier at any level of experience who possesses a four-year B.S. in Equine Science can command an additional £3,250 annually in comparison to a farrier with similar experience but who lacks the college degree.

MS/Equine Science

Because of recent data suggesting that improper shoeing can lead to early laming in horses, many horsepersons regard highly any additional credentials that can assist the horse farrier in properly diagnosing shoeing requirements and providing good shoeing service for their horses. Because of this, a horse farrier with a Master’s level degree in Equine Science can expect to add an annual £5,200 to the base rate.

Other Credentials

In addition to the holding of a Bachelor’s or a Master’s in Equine Science, a full-time farrier who has additional credentials such as teaching experience or additional specialised education can add as much as £16,250 to the base rate of a beginning, journeyman, or master farrier annual salary. Thus, for those with these additional credentials, they potentially can command an annual salary as high as about £42,250.

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