Mushroom labourers assist with planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops. They prepare compost for growing mushrooms, add casing material to the compost, harvest mushrooms, perform post-harvest activities, and may operate farm machinery and equipment. No formal education or prior farm experience is required, and skills and knowledge are often acquired through on-the-job training. Mushroom labourers are fully supervised. For more information on job requirements for mushroom labourers, visit AgriJobs.
Labourers are usually paid hourly wages between $11.15 and $20.60, although wages as high as $28.00 and as low as $10.65 (the minimum wage at the time) were reported in the survey. Labourers work between 40 and 60 hours per week, and based on a 40-hour week, these hourly wages would represent an annual salary of approximately $23,000 to $43,000.
For detailed information on wages, benefits and a quality of living in rural Canada, read the CAHRC report Multiplying Mushroom Sector Opportunities with Rural Canadian Population Growth; or for the fast facts, view the Canadian Mushroom AgriWorkforce Infographic.
*Half of the companies surveyed paid more than this hourly amount to people in the role, and half paid less.