Field Workers in the US Now Earn More

Wages for U.S. field workers have increased 9% so far this year compared to last year, according to a recent farm labor survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA, through the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is responsible for conducting hundreds of surveys each year, covering virtually every aspect of agriculture in the United States.

In a recent report, the USDA-NASS showed the results obtained through a series of surveys related to different aspects of the U.S. agricultural labor field, including wages, number of workers, hours of work and regions; you can review the full report here.

According to one of these surveys, in April, agricultural workers were paid an average of $16.5 per hour, which represented a 9% increase over April 2021. If we take January as a reference, the average wage was $16.54 per hour, which also represented a 9% increase over January of last year.

The report also mentions that 630,000 workers were hired directly by farm operators during the week of April 10-16 and 507,000 during the week of January 9-15, figures 3% and 0.2% higher than those of these same periods in 2021.

In terms of working time, hired workers averaged 39.7 hours during the April 2022 reference week and 39.3 hours during the January 2022 reference week, which is 3% and 2% less than the hours worked during these periods in 2021.

In 2022, California has been the state in which field workers were paid the most, averaging $18.25 per hour in April and $17.75 per hour in January.

Similarly, California was the leading state in number of hires with 135,000 workers hired in April, an increase of 9.7% over 2021.


The Packer. USDA: Field worker wages up 9% this year.

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