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 $15.33 $17.69 $20.50
Yearly $31,892 $36,792 $42,641
    Champaign Area Hourly $15.97 $17.91 $20.47
Yearly $33,211 $37,254 $42,580
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $16.71 $18.36 $20.20
Yearly $34,761 $38,181 $42,010
    Cook County Hourly $13.28 $14.46 $16.67
Yearly $27,625 $30,087 $34,680
    Decatur Area Hourly $16.37 $20.62 $24.58
Yearly $34,056 $42,886 $51,120
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $14.08 $16.49 $19.74
Yearly $29,292 $34,303 $41,065
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $17.56 $22.52 $28.01
Yearly $36,525 $46,833 $58,266
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $13.63 $16.79 $22.19
Yearly $28,360 $34,926 $46,145
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $16.19 $18.72 $22.87
Yearly $33,673 $38,931 $47,578
    Springfield Area Hourly $14.04 $17.35 $22.13
Yearly $29,213 $36,094 $46,024
United States Hourly $13.39 $15.75 $18.91
Yearly $27,850 $32,750 $39,340

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

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $11.81 $14.52 $18.58
Yearly $24,555 $30,197 $38,648
    Champaign Area Hourly $13.39 $16.43 $23.37
Yearly $27,848 $34,178 $48,616
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $14.71 $18.49 $33.98
Yearly $30,589 $38,466 $70,676
    Cook County Hourly $12.82 $15.04 $18.43
Yearly $26,674 $31,276 $38,339
    Decatur Area Hourly $14.29 $17.50 $24.51
Yearly $29,720 $36,405 $50,977
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $12.29 $13.86 $15.49
Yearly $25,573 $28,830 $32,221
    Du Page County Hourly $13.11 $16.31 $20.55
Yearly $27,272 $33,933 $42,742
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $12.48 $14.70 $23.74
Yearly $25,955 $30,577 $49,388
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $12.88 $14.82 $17.46
Yearly $26,784 $30,817 $36,313
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $11.35 $13.70 $18.50
Yearly $23,609 $28,506 $38,483
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $9.60 $11.91 $14.26
Yearly $19,968 $24,767 $29,664
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $14.26 $16.76 $18.89
Yearly $29,654 $34,868 $39,284
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $10.67 $11.78 $14.24
Yearly $22,198 $24,510 $29,624
    Rockford Area Hourly $12.89 $21.75 $34.77
Yearly $26,807 $45,233 $72,331
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $9.39 $9.53 $10.47
Yearly $19,528 $19,813 $21,786
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $13.26 $15.51 $24.17
Yearly $27,588 $32,264 $50,278
    Will County Hourly $10.63 $13.47 $15.56
Yearly $22,106 $28,009 $32,362
United States Hourly $13.02 $13.78 $15.05
Yearly $27,070 $28,660 $31,310

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

Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $11.10 $12.93 $16.22
Yearly $23,087 $26,895 $33,730
    Champaign Area Hourly $11.21 $12.73 $14.13
Yearly $23,316 $26,471 $29,399
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $12.37 $13.80 $15.24
Yearly $25,725 $28,710 $31,696
    Will County Hourly $10.54 $11.41 $12.28
Yearly $21,932 $23,738 $25,542
United States Hourly $11.38 $14.01 $17.67
Yearly $23,670 $29,130 $36,760

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