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Highest Paying Industries for Agricultural and Food Scientists

The top 74 highest paying industries for agricultural and food scientists (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 $80,450, electric power generation, transmission and distribution is the highest paying industry for agricultural and food scientists. It is followed by utilities industry (average annual salary $80,450). 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 agricultural and food scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 74 Highest Paying Industries for Agricultural and Food Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$80,450
30
2 Utilities
$80,450
30
3 Engineering Services
$79,310
60
4 Tobacco Manufacturing
$75,990
40
5 Federal government, including USPS
$75,370
1,560
6 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$75,370
1,560
7 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$73,200
2,080
8 Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$69,780
70
9 Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$69,780
70
10 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$69,270
5,800
11 Scientific Research and Development Services
$69,270
5,820
12 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$68,090
270
13 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$67,810
n/a
14 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$67,810
40
15 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$67,150
200
16 Chemical Manufacturing
$66,490
260
17 Support Activities for Crop Production
$66,470
340
18 Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
$66,250
580
19 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$66,250
580
20 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$65,730
3,110
21 Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,730
3,110
22 Support Activities for Animal Production
$65,550
230
23 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$64,990
40
24 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$64,940
280
25 Transportation and Warehousing
$64,740
30
26 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$64,720
1,770
27 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,940
9,570
28 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$63,540
n/a
29 Beverage Manufacturing
$63,010
240
30 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$62,360
150
31 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$62,360
150
32 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$62,270
160
33 Wholesale Trade
$62,240
2,620
34 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$62,100
2,420
35 Other Food Manufacturing
$62,090
1,950
36 Animal Food Manufacturing
$61,720
490
37 Social Advocacy Organizations
$61,670
90
38 Retail Trade
$61,170
220
39 Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$60,500
30
40 Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
$59,850
610
41 Manufacturing
$58,160
7,680
42 Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
$58,130
n/a
43 Health Care and Social Assistance
$57,870
40
44 Food Manufacturing
$57,520
7,100
45 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$57,470
7,170
46 Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
$57,390
780
47 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$56,670
900
48 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$56,380
950
49 Animal Slaughtering and Processing
$56,240
480
50 Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging
$56,060
50
51 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$55,790
2,810
52 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$55,730
40
53 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$55,480
670
54 Administrative and Support Services
$55,430
670
55 Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$55,110
170
56 Grain and Oilseed Milling
$54,190
1,310
57 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$53,900
660
58 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$53,710
310
59 Nonstore Retailers
$53,590
130
60 Educational Services - Privately owned
$53,440
310
61 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$52,020
880
62 State government, including schools and hospitals
$51,070
4,660
63 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$50,920
4,310
64 Dairy Product Manufacturing
$50,920
1,160
65 Educational Services
$50,860
4,360
66 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$50,630
4,000
67 Educational Services - State government owned
$50,620
4,000
68 Testing Laboratories
$49,720
770
69 Educational Services - Local government owned
$48,580
n/a
70 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$47,340
60
71 Services to Buildings and Dwellings
$45,880
n/a
72 Landscaping Services
$45,330
n/a
73 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$45,050
450
74 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$43,440
370