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Agricultural and Food Scientist Salary in Sector of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

The salary statistics of agricultural and food scientists in the industry sector of agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare agricultural and food scientist salaries in different industries within the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector.

Average Annual Salary of Agricultural and Food Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,380
25th Percentile Wage
$46,430
50th Percentile Wage
$61,530
75th Percentile Wage
$80,650
90th Percentile Wage
$102,400

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for agricultural and food scientists in the industry sector of agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) agricultural and food scientists is $102,400. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $61,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid agricultural and food scientists is $34,380.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of agricultural and food scientists in the industry sector of agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201661,530-1.32%-9.35%
201562,340-6.27%-
201466,2501.51%-
201365,250-3.11%-
201267,280--

Compare Agricultural and Food Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Sector

The average salaries of agricultural and food scientists in three industries in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for agricultural and food scientist occupations is the support activities for crop production industry with an annual salary $64,780. The lowest paying industry is the support activities for animal production industry (annual salary $58,980). For detailed agricultural and food scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Support Activities for Crop Production
$64,780
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry
$61,530
Support Activities for Animal Production
$58,980

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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