Agricultural employment and wages

Agricultural workforce reports

LMEA has produced agricultural workforce reports since 1999. These reports provide information on agricultural employment, wage rates and H-2A prevailing wages and employment practices. The 2017 Agriculture Workforce Report is now available.

Agricultural peak employment wage and practice survey

Historically, LMEA has conducted an agricultural peak employment wage and practice survey every two years. The survey, previously referred to as the fruit growers wage survey, focused on apple thinning and the apple, cherry and pear harvests.

Beginning in 2015, LMEA began conducting the survey annually and surveying for all occupations and activities for which employers have requested temporary workers through the agricultural recruitment system. For 2016, LMEA conducted both employer and worker surveys to gain a greater understanding of agricultural wages and practices in Washington state. 

The 2018 Agricultural wage and practice survey results are now available.  NEW 

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) uses the survey results to establish wage rates and employment standards required in agricultural employment contracts, including H-2A guest worker contracts. DOL posts prevailing wage rates for Washington state in their Agricultural Online Wage Library.

For more information, contact Gustavo Aviles.

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