Agricultural machinery drivers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015


Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Job holders in this unit group operate and drive tractors, combine harvesters or other farm vehicles to clear and cultivate land and to sow and harvest plants and crops.


No academic qualifications are required. Candidates will require the relevant driving licence to operate vehicles on public roads. A variety of NVQs/SVQs in Agriculture is available that incorporates the operation of agricultural machinery. Apprenticeships may be available in some areas.

Typical tasks

  • attaches plough, cultivator, distributor, mower, baler or other implement to tractor;
  • adjusts depth, speed and height of attached implement according to requirements;
  • drives and operates machinery to plough, fertilise, plant, cultivate or harvest crops;
  • services and maintains equipment and carries out any minor repairs.

Common job titles

Driver, tractor (agriculture)
Binder, straw
Driver, machine (agriculture)
Sprayer, agricultural
Baler, hay
Foreman (agricultural contracting)
Driver, engine (agriculture)
Sprayer (agricultural contracting)
Tractorman (agriculture)
Feeder, drum
Worker, agricultural (agricultural contracting)
Driver, tractor (local government)
Machinist, agricultural
Man, plough
Contractor, spraying, crop