2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
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.
Table of contents
- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
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.
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.
|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
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|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||$44900||$21.59|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||$38720||$18.62|
|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|
|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|
|Grain and Oilseed Milling||$28220||$13.57|
|Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing||$26510||$12.75|