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Beekeepers

Earnings

Earnings for beekeepers vary greatly, even from year to year, as honey prices fluctuate and production from hives changes. Other variables that affect earnings include the number of hives a beekeeper has, the type of honey produced, and the season's weather conditions. Some beekeepers end up with no profits. Commercial beekeepers may only make in the $10,000 to $20,000 range. In September 2019, PayScale reported that beekeepers working anywhere in the United States averaged about $40,000 per year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports the average price paid for the honey crop was nearly $2.17 per pound in 2018, down from about $2.20 in 2017, and colonies averaged a production of 54.4 pounds in 2018, down 2 percent from the previous year. This means that a beekeeper could potentially earn about $118 from every colony owned. Remember, however, expenses and taxes have not been subtracted from this amount. To make a profit, a beekeeper typically needs to have thousands of colonies producing well. Medium- and small-sized operations usually have a difficult time turning any profit.

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