Soil and Plant Scientist Salary Information in Iowa

The average annual and hourly salaries for soil and plant scientists in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of soil and plant scientists amongst Iowa areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Soil and Plant Scientists in Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,060
25th Percentile Wage
$53,000
50th Percentile Wage
$65,960
75th Percentile Wage
$97,630
90th Percentile Wage
$129,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for soil and plant scientists in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $129,880. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $65,960. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,060.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of soil and plant scientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$65,960
-5.38% 4.64%
2016
$69,510
8.98% -
2015
$63,270
-3.52% -
2014
$65,500
2.40% -
2013
$63,930
1.61% -
2012
$62,900
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Soil and Plant Scientists in Iowa Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of soil and plant scientists in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of soil and plant scientists in state of Iowa ranges from $39,750 to $90,440. The highest paying area for soil and plant scientists in Iowa is Des Moines-West Des Moines with a median annual salary of $90,440. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $71,770). The lowest paying area is Iowa City with a median annual salary of $39,750.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$90,440
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$71,770
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$70,210
Ames
$63,350
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$60,590
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$59,160
Cedar Rapids
$55,360
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$53,950
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$39,810
Iowa City
$39,750




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