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April 2020, Volume 26, Number 2

Hourly Earnings of US Hired Farm Workers and Nonfarm Workers, 1989-2018

Hourly Earnings of US Hired Farm Workers and Nonfarm Workers, 1989-2018

The average hourly earnings of hired US farm workers are rising faster than the average earnings of US nonfarm production workers, and at $15 an hour in 2019 were almost two-thirds of the $24 an hour earned by US nonfarm production workers. Reasons for fast-rising farm worker wages include the slowdown in unauthorized Mexico-US migration and rising state minimum wages.