How Much Do Cattle Ranchers Make?


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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