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Highest Paying Industries for Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

The top 31 highest paying industries for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $90,270, beverage manufacturing is the highest paying industry for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers. It is followed by beverage and tobacco product manufacturing industry (average annual salary $90,270). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 31 Highest Paying Industries for Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Beverage Manufacturing
$90,270
80
2 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$90,270
80
3 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$82,070
90
4 Scientific Research and Development Services
$82,070
90
5 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$81,190
460
6 Manufacturing
$78,510
240
7 Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
$71,890
120
8 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$71,260
210
9 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$71,180
200
10 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$70,890
250
11 Food Manufacturing
$70,730
150
12 Wholesale Trade
$70,600
290
13 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$70,270
130
14 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$68,720
340
15 Federal, State, and Local Government
$68,720
340
16 Support Activities for Crop Production
$68,330
2,090
17 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$68,050
2,400
18 Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
$67,940
2,370
19 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$64,680
530
20 Support Activities for Animal Production
$64,490
290
21 Animal Food Manufacturing
$61,570
90
22 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$60,830
150
23 State government, including schools and hospitals
$58,210
330
24 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$56,280
200
25 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$55,920
180
26 Educational Services - State government owned
$55,780
180
27 Educational Services
$55,580
230
28 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$49,700
30
29 Educational Services - Privately owned
$46,420
40
30 Retail Trade
$40,230
30
31 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$31,230
190
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