Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 841,000 for the reference week of October 11-17, 2015, up 8 percent from the October 2014 reference week. There were 872,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the Nation's farms and ranches during the week of July 12-18, 2015, up 4 percent from the July 2014 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $12.82 per hour during the October 2015 reference week, up 6 percent from a year earlier. Field workers received an average of $12.11 per hour, up 5 percent from a year earlier. Livestock workers earned $12.02, up 6 percent. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $12.09 per hour, was up 5 percent from October 2014. Hired laborers worked an average of 41.7 hours during the October 2015 reference week, compared with 41.3 hours a year earlier.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $12.47 per hour during the July 2015 reference week, up 4 percent from a year earlier. Field workers received an average of $11.73 per hour, up 3 percent. Livestock workers earned $11.80 per hour, up 5 percent. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $11.75 per hour, was up 4 percent from July 2014. Hired laborers worked an average of 41.0 hours during the July 2015 reference week, compared with 40.5 hours a year earlier.

The 2015 U.S. all hired worker annual average wage rate was $12.54 per hour, up 4 percent from the 2014 annual average wage. The 2015 U.S. field worker annual average wage rate was $11.72 per hour, up 4 percent from the 2014 annual average. The 2015 U.S. annual average combined wage for field and livestock workers was $11.74, up 4 percent from the 2014 annual average of $11.29 per hour.