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Labor Report Shows Farmhands Are Being Paid $12.31/Hr.
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/20/2016

Farm owners in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota employed 58,000 agricultural workers during the week of April 10-16. According to the latest farm labor report, the average number of hours worked per employee was 36.6, with the average wage rate for all hired agricultural workers at $12.31 per hour.

During the survey week, farmers in Wisconsin were very busy preparing equipment for the upcoming growing season, tillage work, planting and hauling manure. An employee is classified as a livestock worker if they tend livestock, milk cows, care for poultry, or operate machinery on livestock farms.

Livestock workers in the region earned an average of $11.92 per hour during the reference week. Field workers in the Lake Region averaged $11.79 per hour during the April reference week.

Nationally, the average number of hours worked for all hired workers was 40.4. Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $12.75 per hour. Field workers earned an average of $12.00 per hour, while livestock workers averaged $12.01 per hour.

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