A cattle rancher owns or operates a livestock ranch. He oversees the care of the animals and facilitates their sale and transport. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have a job category specific to cattle ranchers. Instead, it includes them under the broader category of "farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers." The median annual pay across these positions was $69,300 as of May 2012, according to the BLS. Most work full time.
Rancher Pay Details
The range in pay for ranchers and other farming managers is significant. The lowest 10 percent of earners made at or below $31,700 per year as of May 2012, according to the BLS. The highest 10 percent made at or above $124,160 annually. O*Net Online reports that the median wage for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers rose slightly to $70,110 a year as of 2013.
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