How Much Do Farmers Earn?

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How Much Do Farmers Earn?
Farming serves as one of the primary cornerstones of society. (farm image by Angie from Fotolia.com)

American farmers grow and produce food on some of the richest soils in the world. Farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers use a wide range of modern technologies and advancements in their pursuit of one of the world's oldest professions. While it is difficult to estimate farm owner income because of a high dependence on variables such as agricultural prices and weather conditions, average wages for farm workers are much easier to report.

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National Averages - Farmers

Farmers and ranchers own their own land, farm business or nursery. These workers earned an average hourly wage of £13.30, or £27,761 per year in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest 10th percentile of earners made an average hourly salary of £5.90, or £12,285 per year, while the top 10th percentile earned an average of £28.06 per hour, or £59,611 per year. The median 50 per cent of farmers and ranchers made £10.10 per hour, or £21,027 per year.

National Averages - Farm Workers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average salary for a farm worker, sometimes known as a hired hand or ranch hand, in 2009 was £7.30 per hour, or £15,366 per year. Farmers in the lowest 10th percentile of earners made an average of £4.80 per hour, or £10,146 per year. The top 10th percentile of earners made an average of £10.70 per hour, or £22,438 per year. Those in the middle 50 per cent made an average of £6.70 per hour, or £14,085 per year.

Highest Paying States - Farm Workers

Farm worker salaries varied widely depending on the particular sector of the industry in which they worked. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the highest-paying industry sector for these workers in 2009 was the federal executive branch, which paid farm workers an average hourly salary of £13, or £27,085 per year. The fifth highest paying industry for farm workers was big government, which paid workers in average salary of £9.60 per hour, or about £20,091 per year.

Highest Paying States - Farm Workers

Farm worker salaries also differed depending on the state in which the worker was employed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that farm workers in Illinois had the highest average salary, earning an income of £9.60 per hour, or £20,000 per year. The fifth highest paying state, Delaware, paid the workers an average of £8.50 per hour, or about £17,790 per year.

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