Asparagus Harvest Worker

Harvest asparagus every other day from March to May.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $26,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Asparagus Harvest Workers do?

The job of an Asparagus Harvest Worker is a seasonal job that starts in March and ends in May. Just like any other type of Harvest Worker Fruit Picker, for example), Asparagus Harvest Workers work during the season to gather crops—in this case, asparagus—that will be sold at grocery stores or Farmers markets. Since the job ends when the plants are gone, many seasonal Asparagus Harvest Workers are forced to move from farm to farm to continue making money.

This is one job that’s a lot of hard work. Asparagus is harvested either by walking the rows and stooping to pull up plants as you go, or riding a small, close-to-the-ground harvest machine. Asparagus plants grow three to seven inches a day, and during growing season, you cut the field daily or every other day.

Get ready to use your hands and work out your back like crazy. Harvesting days are long, and Workers are paid by the number of pounds they bring in. In order to make a decent wage, you need to pull in a lot of bushels of asparagus.

The work you accomplish can be influenced by the weather too. For example, if it’s too hot or wet, the amount of plants you pull up can change.

Be warned that many of these jobs are moving down south, as in Mexico south. The hot climate and cheaper labor down in Mexico have greatly affected California’s (the US’ main asparagus producer) ability to compete.

Should I be an Asparagus Harvest Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Asparagus Cutter, Asparagus Harvester

    How to Become an
    Asparagus Harvest Worker

    Most Asparagus Harvest Workers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%2899%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,99,99
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