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Fish Hatchery Worker Salary

$34,260 (USD)

Average Salary

$16/hr

Average Hourly

$445

Average Bonus

Last updated: December 12, 2019

The average pay for a Fish Hatchery Worker is $34,260 a year and $16 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Fish Hatchery Worker is between $26,245 and $40,849. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Description:
  • Traps and spawns game fish, incubates eggs, and raises fry in fish hatchery, performing any combination of following tasks.
  • Secures net on both banks of river to divert fish to holding pond.
  • Catches ripened fish from holding pond with hand net and squeezes or slits bellies of female fish to release eggs in pail.
  • Squeezes bellies of male fish to force milt over eggs, and stirs with rubber-gloved hand to fertilize eggs.
  • Fills hatchery trays with fertilized eggs and places trays in incubation troughs.
  • Turns valves and places baffles in troughs to adjust volume, depth, velocity, and temperature of water.
  • Inspects eggs and picks out dead, infertile, and off-color eggs, using suction syringe.
  • Sorts fish according to size, coloring, and species and transfers fingerlings to rearing ponds or tanks, using buckets or tank truck.
  • Scatters food over surface of water by hand or activates blower that automatically scatters food over water to feed fish.
  • Observes appearance and actions of developing fish to detect diseases, and adds medications to food and water as instructed by superior.
  • Transfers mature fish to rivers and lakes, using tank truck.
  • Records field data and prepares reports of hatchery activities.
  • Drains and cleans ponds and troughs, using brushes, chemicals, and water.
  • Makes minor repairs to hatchery equipment, paints buildings, and maintains grounds.
  • May spawn and rear food fish or tropical and exotic fish for commercial use.
  • May mark migrating fish with liquid nitrogen, using hand-operated branding device.
Fish Hatchery Worker Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals

Job family population: 37,780

Estimated population of Fish Hatchery Worker jobs: 385

Rate of error: 2.7%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$39,717
5 Year Change:
16 %
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The average pay for a Fish Hatchery Worker is $34,260 a year and $16 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Fish Hatchery Worker is between $26,245 and $40,849. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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