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Ditch Rider Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$32,712 (USD)

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Last updated: June 24, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Ditch Rider is $32,712 a year and $16 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Ditch Rider is between $25,258 and $38,770. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Ditch Rider. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Controls irrigation system to convey water to farms in assigned area, according to rights, or as instructed by water control supervisor (waterworks) or other officials, for irrigating fields and crops: contacts water users to determine quantity of water needed, and time and duration of delivery.
  • Computes and requisitions quantity of water required.
  • Operates gates, checks, turnouts, and wasteways to regulate waterflow into canals and laterals (individual supply ditches).
  • Measures or estimates diversions of water from canals and to water users, and calculates and records quantities delivered for use in computing charges to farmers.
  • Patrols assigned area by foot, horseback, or motor vehicle to detect leaks, breaks, weak areas, or obstructions and damage to irrigation system.
  • Removes debris and makes emergency repairs to banks, structures, gates, and canal roads.
  • Fills holes and exterminates rodents.
  • Writes reports and records daily deliveries, number of users, amount of water used, and other data required by law or company.
  • May prepare reports on condition of system and equipment, and replacements or repairs needed.
  • May supervise crew workers cleaning ditches, raising ditch banks, repairing concrete and wooden structures, erecting fences and gates, and other maintenance work after irrigating season has passed.
  • May take annual crop census and make weed and other surveys.
  • May patrol canal at night to determine that water is flowing in prescribed volume into users' ditches.
Ditch Rider Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

Job family population: 282,300

Estimated population of Ditch Rider jobs: 2,154

Rate of error: 1.8%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

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