Salary for Agricultural Equipment Operators

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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 find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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.

A Agricultural Equipment Operator will usually earn a compensation of around $21,860 - $47,890 based on education and tenure levels. usually get a salary of thirty-four thousand and seventy dollars yearly.

are paid at the highest average level in North Dakota, where they can earn pay of close to $45,400. People working these jobs make the most money in Real Estate and Rental and Leasing, where they can earn an average salary rate of $47,740.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 67.88 percent nationwide in that time.


Agricultural Equipment Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Wholesale Trade
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration
Health Care and Social Assistance
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Transportation and Warehousing