Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 782,000 for the reference week of October 12-18, 2014, down 10 percent from the October 2013 reference week. There were 838,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the Nation's farms and ranches during the week of July 6-12, 2014, down 8 percent from the July 2013 reference week.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $12.12 per hour during the October 2014 reference week, up 1 percent from a year earlier. Field workers received an average of $11.52 per hour, up 1 percent from a year earlier. Livestock workers earned $11.29, up 3 percent. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $11.46 per hour, was up 19 cents from October 2013. Hired laborers worked an average of 41.3 hours during the October 2014 reference week, compared with 41.7 hours a year earlier.

Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $11.96 per hour during the July 2014 reference week, up 2 percent from a year earlier. Field workers received an average of $11.36 per hour, up 3 percent. Livestock workers earned $11.26 per hour, up 3 percent. The field and livestock worker combined wage rate, at $11.33 per hour, was up 34 cents from July 2013. Hired laborers worked an average of 40.5 hours during the July 2014 reference week, compared with 40.9 hours a year earlier.

The 2014 U.S. all hired worker annual average wage rate was $12.07 per hour, up 2 percent from the 2013 annual average wage. The 2014 U.S. field worker annual average wage rate was $11.29 per hour, up 2 percent from the 2013 annual average. The 2014 U.S. annual average combined wage for field and livestock workers was $11.29, up 2 percent from the 2013 annual average of $11.10 per hour.