Agriculture Workers


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Agriculture Workers

Agriculture Workers - Wages & Trends

Wages for farm and ranch workers varies by the type of work they do. Pay also varies with the area of the country and the crop worked. In general, workers in the southern and mountain states receive lower wages. Wages may be higher in areas where workers are in short supply. Some farm and ranch workers may receive less pay in exchange for housing, utilities, and farm products.

Wages also vary by time of the year. During planting and harvest times, farm and ranch workers have many opportunities to work overtime and earn higher wages. However, they may not work at all during some of the winter months.

Farm and ranch workers who work full time on large farms are likely to receive benefits. These benefits may include health insurance, paid vacation, and sick leave. Those who work on small farms often must provide their own insurance. Similarly, those who travel around the country following the crops must provide their own insurance.

Agricultural equipment operators (SOC 45-2091)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $14.65 $17.15 $19.65
Yearly $30,482 $35,665 $40,866
    Champaign Area Hourly $15.24 $17.15 $19.17
Yearly $31,690 $35,667 $39,867
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $16.15 $17.61 $19.08
Yearly $33,591 $36,631 $39,689
    Cook County Hourly $13.63 $16.64 $19.80
Yearly $28,359 $34,607 $41,192
    Decatur Area Hourly $14.78 $20.45 $24.62
Yearly $30,748 $42,531 $51,217
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $12.59 $15.53 $20.25
Yearly $26,180 $32,294 $42,120
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $15.65 $18.14 $22.13
Yearly $32,559 $37,735 $46,032
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $12.72 $17.12 $22.92
Yearly $26,461 $35,601 $47,671
United States Hourly $12.70 $15.36 $18.62
Yearly $26,410 $31,950 $38,730

Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse (SOC 45-2092)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $11.34 $13.80 $17.19
Yearly $23,584 $28,709 $35,752
    Champaign Area Hourly $10.64 $11.61 $12.95
Yearly $22,137 $24,150 $26,934
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $13.80 $16.38 $23.21
Yearly $28,701 $34,076 $48,286
    Cook County Hourly $12.69 $14.37 $16.94
Yearly $26,394 $29,884 $35,230
    Decatur Area Hourly $13.85 $16.75 $24.12
Yearly $28,811 $34,832 $50,172
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $11.15 $12.74 $14.07
Yearly $23,198 $26,489 $29,259
    Du Page County Hourly $11.44 $14.66 $20.43
Yearly $23,794 $30,503 $42,493
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $12.54 $14.41 $17.00
Yearly $26,076 $29,972 $35,356
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $11.15 $13.51 $17.81
Yearly $23,185 $28,093 $37,053
    Lake County Hourly $8.94 $9.28 $9.61
Yearly $18,604 $19,294 $19,984
    McHenry County Hourly (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1)
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $9.31 $11.92 $13.98
Yearly $19,374 $24,794 $29,086
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $14.88 $16.96 $18.93
Yearly $30,952 $35,267 $39,382
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $11.89 $16.37 $22.14
Yearly $24,722 $34,054 $46,048
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $10.36 $11.52 $15.85
Yearly $21,559 $23,958 $32,961
    Rockford Area Hourly $10.42 $11.56 $13.40
Yearly $21,665 $24,052 $27,882
    Springfield Area Hourly $10.97 $12.23 $14.67
Yearly $22,814 $25,430 $30,513
    Will County Hourly $10.71 $13.38 $15.33
Yearly $22,281 $27,827 $31,890
United States Hourly $11.50 $12.23 $14.32
Yearly $23,920 $25,440 $29,780
(1) Wage estimate isn't available.

Farmworkers, farm, ranch, and aquacultural animals (SOC 45-2093)

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $10.96 $13.00 $18.14
Yearly $22,800 $27,047 $37,724
    Champaign Area Hourly $10.98 $12.46 $13.81
Yearly $22,833 $25,919 $28,728
    Cook County Hourly $9.31 $11.22 $14.38
Yearly $19,374 $23,336 $29,912
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $16.33 $18.49 $21.23
Yearly $33,956 $38,453 $44,151
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $12.02 $20.03 $22.47
Yearly $24,998 $41,661 $46,740
    Will County Hourly $10.29 $11.15 $12.01
Yearly $21,409 $23,200 $24,983
United States Hourly $10.86 $13.38 $17.03
Yearly $22,580 $27,830 $35,420

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.