How much do you usually get paid in fruit picking?

by Sida

How much can you usually earn from fruit picking in Victoria? One friend said it's about 10 dollars an hour, another friend said its up to 27 dollars an hour if you work fast.

So how much do you usually get paid?

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Fruit Picking Pay
by: Birgit

Hi Sida,

That's covered - sort of - on the fruit picking page. (See the paragraph starting "How and what you get paid")

Both your friends are right. If you work on a piece rate you get paid for what you do. The more bins you pick or boxes you pack or vines you prune per hour, the higher the hourly rate works out. The more practice you get, the faster you get, the more you earn.

On your first days it could very well be less than $10 a hour. And it takes a while to get good enough to earn $27 an hour...

If you work for an hourly rate the pay varies, depending on the crop, the area, the amount of workers available, if accommodation is included or not...

But it sure won't be $27! Likely it'll be MUCH closer to $10. Really good money you can only make if you get paid per unit, work very hard and are good at it.

Done it myself!
by: Dave

I picked apples and pears for the 2012 season in Victoria, for my first bin of fruit it took near 10 hours! (Which was slow by anyone’s standards?) This worked out to about $4 an hour. This was color picking pears and was more than slightly depressing.

Color picking pears got quicker but never near quick enough, I think the most I managed in a day was 2.5 bins. Which is roughly $100 for the day?

Then we moved onto strip picking pears, where you take all the fruit from the tree, rather than just fruit of a certain size. This is where the money started coming in! I started at around 3 or 4 bins a day, working up to managing 6.5 bins towards the end of this. I am getting paid just under $35 a bin.

We then moved onto apples. These were HORRENDOUSLY SLOW to start with! As you have to be more careful with them to stop them bruising. Straight back down to 2 bins a day, getting paid around $30 a bin. Once I got the technique sorted though, the speed came along too. After a couple of weeks I was picking 7 bins a day, consistently.

Some people took to it faster than me but I soon became one of the quickest pickers. On average people were picking 4 or 5 bins when I was picking 7. Some people only managed 2 but one guy managed 8! There were 4 of us who maintained 6+ bins a day, around 10 who maintained 5+ and around 25 who picked 4 bins or less on a daily basis.

Regardless of the money though, met some amazing people and enjoyed the simple way of life that the job allows. I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind getting their hands dirty!

I'm going back to do some more in January: D

Fruit Picking
by: Birgit

Good on you, Dave :-) That's the right attitude.
Thanks for sharing your experiences. And have a good time and make lots of money come January!

Any Word of Advice?
by: lt

Hi I'm from the Philippines, and I'm really interested in this fruit picking job. Can you give me some word of advice? It seems that you can get paid a lot by fruit picking, but it's not easy.

by: rocky

I would like to see if anyone has picked strawberries in Alder Grove, BC and how much did they get paid?

by: Judith

Good day maam/sir... May i apply as an apple picker? But i am here in the philippines and willing to comply all the requirements...

fruit picking
by: heldz

im from Philippines but this time im here in Australia for holiday but,im very interested in fruit picking and I know how hard it is but I believe that I can handle it very well,so I hope to hear an openion from you if what is the best things to do and start to work as soon as you need me..thanks

Raspberry and blue berry
by: Michael

My wife was picking berries (now a supervisor on hourly) the average picking rate works out to be 21 an hour you pay tax on this but also get super you can work at one of the other farms and not pay tax however their hourly rates are low 11-12 and you can use your time at those farms to increase you working holiday visa duration conditions are also worse no toilets and the like

what paper worksdo ineed to prepared,???
by: heldz

Hello sir,
Thanks for the messge now I absolutely understand on how muchdo I get paid if imwork for fruit picking,and that's so much for letting me know.Now I have another question..i am very interested in fruit picking but how can I start?what paper works do I need to prepared to apply fruit picking,because im from Philippines and at the moment im here in Australia for holiday...can you please let me know if I need to go back Philippines and do paper work to apply a fruit pickers?By the way thanks so much and I hope to hear from your good office soon....please contact me this number..0459707336....thank you so much

Does anyone know the going rate for cherry picking in Victoria?
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know the going rate for cherry picking in Victoria?

which fruit is worth to pick
by: Anonymous

Hey guys,
thanks for the infos yet, but that's not enough...
Can anyone tell me which fruits are the best to pick? I mean with that, which fruit you can make the most money with. Because it's definetely not with pears. Nectarines are way better (easier to pick, smaller bins, and sometimes/often same size).
I also heard you can do 35-50$ per hour with advocados!! Is that correct??? If that's the case, I wanna pick this stuff. Cherries should be good as well, I heard.
So anybody has some facts and numbers about how much you can make with different fruits?
Thanks for the info and have a good day.

by: Tebwarau Iaoniba

What I want to say is just to give thanks for those who made comments about the fruit picking. I'm really interested to that kind of gorgeous work or job but I don't know how can I apply for that?

I'm very appreciate information or everything if you could help me to provide ways and other things needed e.g paper works to apply for that. Anyway if I have a chance for that I'll do everything to my very best and more efficient.

I'm from Gilbert (Kiribati)Country,one of the Pacific islands but I always looked for my our job

lastly, I was looking forward to hear from you soon, have a good day and God bless you from now and always.

by: Deen

I heard a lot of good income of fruit plucking in Yarra Valley... hear say AD15 per hour... it's true... thanks

by: jazmine

Myself and two friends are heading to Renmark to pick citrus. Just wondering on average a day how many bins you would fill in 6-7 hrs and how long it takes to fill a bin?

Picking fruit
by: Pej

Hi everyone,

I having fun reading all nice comment on here. I am malaysian that interest to join the group of picking fruit in Aus. I have a few question regardless of this subject.
1. How can i contact near NSW farm?
2. Can i use my holiday Visa to working over there?

That all the information that i need at the moment. I hope i can get some nice feedback and dont mind about my question. Thank you guys! :)

by: Pej

I forgot to leave my contact. I desperate to know. If any nice guys out there, i hope you all can give me an advise. Appreciate yours help. Thanks

+60136735731 (whatapp/viber)

Fruit picking
by: Serah

I'm living in Papua New Guinea and I heard about the fruit picking in Australia but I don't exactly know where the fruit picking is located and that I need help.
Please anyone help me and also their pay rates.
Thank you.

by: devin

If anyone have the work link can recommend me this is my number 0162494824

Fruit Picking
by: Racahael Magautu

After reading your messages and also hearing from my friend, I am very interested.
Please help me to travel to work as a fruit picker. I need adresses, phone number for right people and what's the fruit picking seasonal periods the month of December 2015 and 2016.

I am very interested, please help.
Rachael M

fruit/vegetable picking
by: anwarhazim

13 years ago I went to Australia and was fascinated by the place. I would love to know about the work done there for fruit/vegetable picking there as my friends and I would love to travel and work there. If anyone would kindly give me a nudge, you can whatsapp me at +601131556257. Thank you guys and hope I can meet whoever that could give me the information.

working as fruit picker
by: aida

I'm interested working as fruit picker in Australia. Kindly give me a whatsapp or viber at 60123632115.
I would like to know the how the work job done, accommodation, transportation and pay rates.

Free ask
by: Anonymous

You can ask me about Australia fruit picking for free.
Whatsapps: +610450195880

Please help me, Australia work need
by: Anonymous

Please help me. Australia work need.
My wechat id: torikul.islam65
Whatsapp: +60162523037

Work hard to survive.
by: Anonymous

I worked in Sheppaton (Tatura) with few friends picking zukini, with 3 dollars a small laundry busket, the faster you pick the more money you get. Then we shifted to Mechesson East for tomato picking, sixty dollars a bin, my group used to received $800-$1000 a week because we were fast picker. I'm thankful that we were not caught by the immigration dept, but manage to bring some money home. Thanks to our contractor, because they were desperate for people to work and we were fortunate to work. Tomatoes are getting bad over-ripe,less people to work.

Fruit picking! I really do want to do this :D
by: Farah Malike

Is there any fruit picking in Perth? Cause if there is, I want to go back for working holiday visa and do some fruit picking :D. It'll be an experience for me and I do want to travel places to places and doing something along the way! Email me at if there's an information regarding this ya! Thanks a lot guys! :D

Dave please contact me - I am interested in fruit picking job
by: Anonymous

Hi Dave, I am interested in fruit picking job in Australia and I don't know how to go about it. Can you help me? By the way I am from Malaysia. Please contact me via whatsapp via +6017 225 8867. I would truly appreciate if you could contact me asap. God bless you.

wany fruit picking jobs
by: Kalimuthu

I am from India, want job, what do for work your farm, if any contact number gave me and also whatsapp number, I am willing to work.

inquiry on fruit picking
by: dickson maloba

Am so glad reading from good people who took their humble time to give some of us the right information regarding fruit picking and their terms of hourly payment in various fruit farms. Am interested to know more about any new out comings regarding working in one of this farms. You can contact me on this number: +974 33607073 or my
Thanks in advance,
Yours Faithfully,
Dickson maloba Angoye.

by: emelie andrada

It's easy to pick a grapes, just like a lanzones, here in the Philippines take me 10 basket/2 hours. Ma'am, sir, I'm willing to applying for a pick grapes. I'm farmer her in Phillipines, this is my email:

by: Roland

Hi, I'm from the Philippines and I am interested to apply as a fruit picker but I am here now in Malaysia. Can you give some advice about how to apply as a fruit picker there in Australia.

by: Anonymous

For me low or higher amount no problem. The most important is I can work in Australia as long term and I'm happy to get a experience as a fruit picker in Australia.

interested in fruit picking
by: Anonymous

Hi, just heard from friends about this fruit picking in Australia. I am interested. Please give some info.

Cherry picking pay
by: Anonymous

G'day guys. On the topic of fruit picking pay, last summer I worked at a cherry farm down in Tassie. The pay rate was by the unit (per box). They were paying $10 per box whilst most farms were paying $7-$8 per box. My average was about 3-4 boxes per hour. Including the breaks I took, I picked about 20 boxes per day so around $200 per day. (I am from Australia by the way)

Thanks guys :)

I want to apply this job
by: Sathish

Hi friends...
I'm a Indian.
I'm so much interest fruit picking job.
Any one help to me?
How to apply????
I want to change of my life...

Seeking fruit picking job
by: Joel Kaki

Dear sir/madam

I am Joel from PNG Tuvalu and I will be studying next year in Gold Coast Queensland and I want to do fruit picking during my free time and holidays.
Please can someone help find or engage me in any fruit picking company or farm?
Your kind help is very much appreciated.
My contact;
PH:+675 71577225

Apple thinning payment
by: Anonymous

Hi! I'm going to work apple farm and I don't understand the paying system. Email which I got says:
"Rate of Pay: Contract Basis (approx price range from $0.20 to 3 depend on trees size) before tax - if any job done in hourly will be pay $22.12 , but mostly will be on contract basis, our supervisor will inform you prior to work commence."
So I don't get paid right away that 22.12 dollars in an hour? I thin one tree in a day my pay in an hour would be 0,20-3 dollars? I'm so confused :D

Seeking for fruit picking job
by: Ben Malo

I am 28 from PNG interested in fruit picking picking in Australia.
If any fruit picking job available,please!
contact me on my Email:(
and Ph:+67571089908.

Seeking Assistance to Apply for Fruit Picking
by: George Steven

I am George Steven from Papua New Guinea would like to express my greatest interest for fruit picking. But I do not know how to appy. Please, kindly assist me on the following contacts;
Ph: +67570167702.

Your assistance is highly appreciated.

by: Anonymous

Washington 6 am - 12 pm or longer
(Cherries 4-6$ a box) avg.20-30
(Apples 22-30$ a box) avg. 5-7
(Pears almost like apples)

need assistance
by: Anonymous

Please anybody can help, I'm interested in fruit picking Australia. Thank you. How to go about it.

Need information on fruit picking
by: Anonymous

I'm Bernard from Papua New Guinea interested in fruit picking and I want to start in November 2017. Please give me some information to follow up and get on track and be part of you.

job seeker in fruit picking
by: fred rwandan

I am a hard working person who give respect to any kind of work. Am interested to work in fruit farms. Short and long contract, I welcome them and determined to work. Your support is my pleasure to me and my family as well. Anyone there who is willing to connect me to contractors or direct to the right person please do. I'll waiting your support. Am currently living in Ethiopia, reach me on email

Foreigners work for so little...
by: Australian Guy

Farming exploitation of backpackers and tourists is rampant in Australia. It was exposed on Australia's premier current affairs program (google 'Four Corners - slaving away'). Not only do you get underpaid, but sometimes you won't be paid at all. You do the work, then they tell you to go and simply not give you any money.

Farmers don't hire you directly, they use ruthless labour hire companies. The companies can close down if caught then re-emerge under a new name.

They particularly like exploiting Asians because Asians are the least likely to complain. In the Four Corners documentary the farmer is confronted by some British girls and complains to his staff he doesn't want white people, he wants Asians.

Some Pacific Islander workers came to Australia on work visas and were so overcharged for housing, food, and whatever else the farmer made up that they ended up working for absolutely nothing. So find out how much housing, food etc. will cost and factor that in, so you don't experience a period of slavery.

Fruit picking job
by: Dinu

Am from India.

1. How to get the visa for this job?
2. What type of visa should we take?
3. What is the weather conditions?
4. How many months we can work?
5. How much can we earn per month in an average?

2018 updated payment for picking fruit
by: Anonymous

21.6 dollars an hour minimum wage 2018 for picking fruit.
Equal to £12.30 an hour GBP.

How to get job
by: Dinesh

Dinesh from India.

Need to come to Australia for this job.
Where to apply?
How to come?
How much total cost I need to pay?
Visa type?
Visa cost?

Please help me out.
Mail me
What's App +9036343056
Am from India.

Please help
by: Emm

Hi, do you pay tax on less then $100? I'm new to this.

Fruit picking
by: Anonymous

Might as well pick my own fruit and the local Co-op.

My Experience in Aussie
by: Roy

I'm from Malaysia and I came to Aussie on 1 Sept 2018. My first experience is picking strawberries in Waneroo Perth and that was the most terrible experienced I ever had so far. My 1st day working is just for training by contract which is AUD1.50 for rotten and AUD2.00 for good strawberries. I manage to pick 30 box including good and rotten by end of the day I can feel all the pain that I never experience before in my life especially the knee joint and back but that is not the issue, the real issue is, the sub contractor hold my salary for 2 weeks so I will only get paid on the 3rd week for my 1st week salary. They will pay you mostly by hourly after you complete the training which is AUD13. After 2 week working without getting paid I finally manage to request and advance for AUD300 from the subcon, then I secretly move on to Mildura Melbourne working at grape farm. At here I'm getting paid AUD15 by hourly. I been working here for 3 month now, and now I'm waiting for picking season which is this month Jan 2019 according to my fellow there will pay me based on contract which is AUD2.50-AUD3.00 per box. That is my 4 month journey in Aussie. Btw now I'm using bridging visa A. Sorry for the bad grammar ;-)

need fruit picker job
by: femi William

Am happy to comment on this phat form. I will glad to benefit from the job opportunities available in Australia or Canada. Need guild and advice from anyone in Canada or Australia personnel that work in such company. Contact me on +2348021100475.+2349064625124

How to Apply for the Job?
by: Vijia letchumy Rajoo

I am interested in the fruits picking job.
I am from Malaysia. I wanted to know the

1. process
2. Requirement
3. Age limitation
4. Qualification
5. Payment if any

Kindly drop me an email / contact:

Hard work for some. NEW
by: Anonymous

I hope you do not mislead people. Some jobs charge for accommodation out of what you earn. You should state this if you have not already.
Also tell them that if you are not good enough picker you may be fired from your job and have to travel distance to get another one.
The $27 you quoted that someone earned would be very unusual I am glad you stated that it was unlikely.
Some employers are not so nice in my experience. Don't put up with it. The more you let them get away with they will do it to others.
For some that are not physically fit or light frame the work is very hard. Some of the bags you wear are 26L-36L-50L-70L bags around your neck all day. In most cases you get the larger bags. If you are a young male you would not find it as hard as some others.
Some places do not have toilets it is out in the field behind a tree.
9 Years experience.

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