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April 2017, Volume 23, Number 2

FTE Annual Pay and Average Pay, 2015

How much do farm workers earn? USDA's survey of farm employers reported that California's field and livestock workers earned almost $12 an hour in 2015, equivalent to $25,000 for full-time equivalent (FTE) work (2,080 hours). Average annual FTE pay for all workers employed in agriculture, forestry and fisheries (NAICS 11) in 2015 was $30,300, but actual worker pay averaged only $17,400 due to seasonality and turnover. In animal agriculture, actual pay was 84 percent of FTE pay, while for FLC employees, actual pay was 44 percent of FTE pay.

FTE Annual Pay and Average Pay, 2015"

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