Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
SOC: 45-2092.00


Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
470,200 employed

Projected (2024):
427,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Cane Cutter
  • Carrot Harvester
  • Citrus Picker
  • Corn Picker
  • Cotton Picker
  • Crop Picker
  • Flower Picker
  • Greenhouse Transplanter
  • Harvest Worker
  • Harvester
  • Hydroponic Controlled Environment Agricultural Grower
  • Orchard Hand
  • Orchard Worker
  • Pecan Gatherer
  • Pepper Picker
  • Vineyard Tender

  • farming fishing and forestry

    industry stats

    SOC: 45-0000

    Total Employed: 454,230

    Average Annual Salary: $26,360