Employment & Pay Scales


Rader Detasseling hires approximately 600 people to detassel in July for two to three weeks. Roguing is done for two weeks in June, and 80 to 100 people are hired for those positions. In order to detassel with us, you must 12 years old before your first day work. To rogue, you must be at least 14 years old. There is also a clean up crew that consists of the top workers who don’t miss tassels and are able to work quickly. The entire crew goes over the field the first time, and the clean up crew the second. This crew works a few more days than the entire crew.
Currently, workers are picked up in the towns of Doniphan, Hastings, Grand Island, St. Paul and Trumbull.
We pay our detasseling team anywhere from $12.00 to $18.50 an hour.



The detasseling day begins at 6:00 am when you are picked up. We will pay travel time to and from the field. Travel and rain time pay will be $12.00 per hour. A normal day runs eight hours, but that can vary. Two 15-minute breaks are offered, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These are paid breaks, but the lunch break is not. Please bring your own lunch and something to drink. There will be water available at the field.
The weather in Nebraska can vary greatly. Because of this, it is suggested that you wear layers of clothes, wear a poncho if necessary. Gloves, a hat and safety glasses will be provided. You must wear closed toe shoes. Typically, it is cold and wet in the fields in the morning, and hot in the afternoon, so plan accordingly.



2024 Pay rates: EARN BETWEEN $12.00 AND $18.50 AN HOUR

Age No Experience 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year
12 $12.00
13 $12.00 $12.00
14 $12.50 $12.75 $13.00
15 $13.00 $13.25 $13.50 $14.00
16 $13.50 $13.75 $14.00 $14.50 $15.00
17 $14.00 $14.50 $14.75 $15.00 $15.50 $16.00

     18+          $18.50                   $18.50          $18.50          $18.50          $18.50          $18.50

*Must be 12 years old before your first day of work.
*Must have earned at least $350 or worked 60% of the year to count as a year of experience.
Experience can be from any Detasseling Company.

Last year, 12 year olds that worked everyday made $600 to $800.
Clean up crew members who rogued made $1500 to $2500.

Rader Detasseling will issue checks for $12.00 times your hours.
The difference between $12.00 and your pay rate will be paid at
the end of the season. It will be called add pay on your pay check.



If you are interested in detasseling you must come to a meeting to fill out paper work (paperwork can be printed at home, but must be returned to us in person at one of the signup meetings). Go to our announcement page for meeting times. If you are out of state and coming for the summer to work we will arrange a time to fill out papers. Please click here to contact us if you are out of state to send us your information and we will contact you with information to sign up.

Rader Detasseling
271 Road 324
Trumbull, NE 68980-9709

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us, or call us at (402) 743-2340. Thanks for your interest!