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May 13, 2006
I was just asked by a friend how much the ground crew for an ag operation typically gets paid. I don't have the slightest clue.

Depends on the operation. I've seen a lot of ground crew; loaders, flaggers, and others, who were minimum wage workers. I've seen other operations that employed full time, active ground crew that filled a number of roles. I've worked places where loaders were also pilots and mechanics, who took turns in rotation, and others where nobody spoke English or had any experience beyond picking cherries.

Some operations use certificated mechanics, drivers with a CDL and hazmat endorsement, employees with a solid farm background, and other varying degrees of experience. Wages run the gamut from minimum wage to a few hundred dollars a day...largely depending on who is paying, who is working, the duties involved, and the qualifications all around.

If you want to know how much a particular operator is paying, ask the operator.

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