How Much Do Agriculture Machine Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Agricultural Equipment Operators

Agricultural Equipment Operators drive and control equipment to support agricultural activities such as tilling soil; planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops; feeding and herding livestock; or removing animal waste. May perform tasks such as crop baling or hay bucking. May operate stationary equipment to perform post-harvest tasks such as husking, shelling, threshing, and ginning.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$34070 per year
Hourly wage
$16 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$21,860 to $27,850 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $13 per hour

Entry-level Agricultural Equipment Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $21,860 to $27,850 per year or $11 to $13 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Agricultural Equipment Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $23 $47,890
Senior (Top 25%) $19 $39,340
Middle (Mid 50%) $16 $32,750
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $27,850
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $21,860

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
ND $22 $45,400
DE $21 $44,290
NY $21 $42,790
OH $20 $41,460
WI $20 $40,630
IA $19 $40,160
NE $19 $40,020
IL $19 $38,590
MN $19 $38,540
SD $18 $37,780

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Agricultural Equipment Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like ND doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at ND might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Agriculture Machine Operators are in the states of ND, DE, NY, OH and WI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Real Estate $47740 $22.95
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $44900 $21.59
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $38720 $18.62
Beverage Manufacturing $38680 $18.60
Management of Companies and Enterprises $38590 $18.55
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $38040 $18.29
Scientific Research and Development Services $37100 $17.84
Support Activities for Animal Production $36520 $17.56
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers $36460 $17.53
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores $35710 $17.17
Chemical Manufacturing $35570 $17.10
Employment Services $34060 $16.38
Truck Transportation $34020 $16.36
Warehousing and Storage $33720 $16.21
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $33340 $16.03
Support Activities for Crop Production $32460 $15.61
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $32170 $15.47
Animal Food Manufacturing $32110 $15.44
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $31120 $14.96
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $30110 $14.48
Local Government $29900 $14.37
Grain and Oilseed Milling $28220 $13.57
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $26510 $12.75

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