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Soil and Plant Scientist Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of soil and plant scientists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare soil and plant scientist salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Soil and Plant Scientists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,030
25th Percentile Wage
$50,580
50th Percentile Wage
$65,030
75th Percentile Wage
$79,440
90th Percentile Wage
$104,150

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for soil and plant scientists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) soil and plant scientists is $104,150. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $65,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid soil and plant scientists is $40,030.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of soil and plant scientists in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201665,0301.63%1.41%
201563,970-2.69%-
201465,6901.83%-
201364,4900.59%-
201264,110--

Compare Soil and Plant Scientist Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of soil and plant scientists in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for soil and plant scientist occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $75,740. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $52,650). For detailed soil and plant scientist salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$75,740
Federal government, including USPS
$75,740
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$65,030
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$58,760
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$56,100
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$52,890
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$52,810
State government, including schools and hospitals
$52,650

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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