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Agricultural and Food Scientist Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of agricultural and food scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare agricultural and food scientist salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Agricultural and Food Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,830
25th Percentile Wage
$50,200
50th Percentile Wage
$68,570
75th Percentile Wage
$95,550
90th Percentile Wage
$126,420

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for agricultural and food scientists in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $126,420. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid agricultural and food scientists is $37,830.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201668,5701.76%8.71%
201567,3605.08%-
201463,940-0.23%-
201364,0902.32%-
201262,600--

Compare Agricultural and Food Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of agricultural and food scientists in seven industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences industry with an annual salary $76,050. The lowest paying industry is the testing laboratories industry (annual salary $55,310). For detailed agricultural and food scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$76,050
Scientific Research and Development Services
$75,970
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,570
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$63,280
Engineering Services
$62,470
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$56,880
Testing Laboratories
$55,310

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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