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November 22, 2019

Livestock Worker Wages Up 3% in October

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports livestock wages are up 3% in October 2019 compared to year earlier levels.

Livestock wages across the United States averaged 13.77 in October. USDA does not separate out dairy worker wages from other livestock.

West Coast wages are the highest, with livestock wages exceeding $15/hour in Washington, Oregon and California. They are next highest in the heavily hog-populated states of Iowa and Missouri, at $14.68/hour and the heavy dairy-populated states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, where they average $14.58/hour. Livestock wages also exceed $14/hour in Nevada, Utah and Colorado.

Livestock workers in Florida command the lowest wages, on average, of any States. There, wages average less than $12/hour.

For the full USDA wage rate survey, click here.

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