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Highest Paying Industries for Soil and Plant Scientists

The top 51 highest paying industries for soil and plant 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 $76,950, management of companies and enterprises is the highest paying industry for soil and plant scientists. It is followed by sugar and confectionery product manufacturing industry (average annual salary $75,550). 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 soil and plant scientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 51 Highest Paying Industries for Soil and Plant Scientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$76,950
340
2 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$75,550
30
3 Tobacco Manufacturing
$75,300
30
4 Federal government, including USPS
$74,130
1,370
5 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$74,130
1,370
6 Food Manufacturing
$72,140
60
7 Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$71,200
60
8 Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$71,200
60
9 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$70,960
80
10 Manufacturing
$70,620
160
11 Beverage Manufacturing
$68,580
50
12 Retail Trade
$67,560
80
13 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$66,020
3,220
14 Scientific Research and Development Services
$66,010
3,230
15 Support Activities for Crop Production
$65,940
320
16 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$65,690
2,690
17 Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,690
2,690
18 Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
$64,750
340
19 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$64,750
340
20 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$64,570
1,690
21 Engineering Services
$64,430
50
22 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$62,880
2,010
23 Wholesale Trade
$62,130
2,110
24 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,410
5,980
25 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$60,360
100
26 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$60,360
100
27 Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers
$58,850
290
28 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$58,300
5,160
29 Social Advocacy Organizations
$57,830
70
30 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$56,110
820
31 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$56,030
830
32 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$55,730
40
33 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$54,160
2,280
34 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$53,460
500
35 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$52,890
110
36 Educational Services - Privately owned
$52,010
110
37 State government, including schools and hospitals
$51,330
2,960
38 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$51,070
2,560
39 Educational Services
$51,030
2,570
40 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$50,980
2,460
41 Educational Services - State government owned
$50,980
2,460
42 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$49,920
410
43 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$48,500
80
44 Testing Laboratories
$47,980
340
45 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$47,770
60
46 Services to Buildings and Dwellings
$45,770
n/a
47 Landscaping Services
$45,330
n/a
48 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,270
280
49 Administrative and Support Services
$45,190
n/a
50 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,590
370
51 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$43,390
320
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