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Shearer

Kaikuti Hipi

Alternative titles for this job

Shearers cut the wool from sheep with electric clippers (hand-pieces) or manual clippers (blades).

Pay

Shearers with one to three years’ experience usually earn

$30K-$50K per year

Shearers with more than three years’ experience usually earn

$50K-$100K per year

Source: New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association, 2015.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a shearer are good during peak seasons, particularly for experienced workers.
A shearer shearing wool from a sheep with other shearers behind him

Shearers have to know the correct techniques for shearing sheep quickly

Last updated 17 July 2018