Salary for Agricultural Equipment Operators

Also known as:  Cane Flume Chute Operator, Combine Driver, Combine Operator, Corn Detasseler Machine Operator, Cotton Ginner, Cotton Picker Operator, Custom Harvester, Farm Tractor Operator, Hay Baler, Hay Stacker Operator helps agriculture and food professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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Agricultural Equipment Operators drive farm equipment used to till soil and plant and harvest crops. Tools that are used in the position include hoes, shovels, tampers, pruning hooks and shears and knives. There are a variety of tasks that an operator must perform in the position, including bales, husking and shelling and ginning of crops, transplanting, weeding and pruning crops and sorting, grading and cleaning crops. Texas, California, Iowa and Washington are the states with the largest amount of Agricultural Equipment Operators.

An Agricultural Equipment Operator can expect salaries of between 16000 and 24000 depending on the level of education. Agricultural Equipment Operators get a salary of Twenty Six Thousand dollars every year.

Agricultural Equipment Operators can expect the highest salaries in Massachusetts, where they can earn pay levels, on average, of close to about $36020. Employees who work in this career are paid the highest in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they can get an average pay rate of $33160.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 27.88 percent nationwide in that time.
Agricultural Equipment Operators tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $33,160
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $32,100
Public Administration $31,820
Wholesale Trade $29,490
Transportation and Warehousing $26,610
Manufacturing $26,500
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $24,310
Management of Companies and Enterprises $24,870
Educational Services $26,150
Retail Trade $26,470
Manufacturing $26,500
Transportation and Warehousing $26,610