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April U.S. Farm Wages Up 2 Percent to $15.07 Per Hour
USAgNet - 06/01/2020

There were 688,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the Nation's farms and ranches during the week of April 12-18, 2020, up 9% from the April 2019 reference week. Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 568,000 during the week of January 12-18, 2020, up 14% from the January 2019 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $15.07 per hour during the April 2020 reference week, up 2% from the April 2019 reference week. Field workers received an average of $14.19 per hour, up 3%.

Livestock workers earned $14.10 per hour, up 4%. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $14.16 per hour, was up 3% from the 2019 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 40.3 hours during the April 2020 reference week, down 1% from the hours worked during the April 2019 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $15.28 per hour during the January 2020 reference week, up 2% from the January 2019 reference week. Field workers received an average of $14.18 per hour, up 3%, while livestock workers earned $14.22 per hour, up 3% from a year earlier. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $14.20 per hour, was up 3% from the January 2019 reference week. Hired laborers worked an average of 40.2 hours during the January 2020 reference week, up 2% from the hours worked during the January 2019 reference week.

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