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Agricultural and Food Science Technician Salary Information

The salary statistics of agricultural and food science technicians are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of agricultural and food science technicians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The agricultural and food science technicians annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Agricultural and Food Science Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,930
25th Percentile Wage
$29,700
50th Percentile Wage
$37,550
75th Percentile Wage
$47,980
90th Percentile Wage
$61,450

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for agricultural and food science technicians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) agricultural and food science technicians is $61,450. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,930. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 156% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of agricultural and food science technicians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201637,5502.85%9.27%
201536,4803.67%-
201435,1401.00%-
201334,7902.07%-
201234,070--

Table 2. Agricultural and Food Science Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of agricultural and food science technicians in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for agricultural and food science technicians occupations is the wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $45,460. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $33,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$45,460
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$43,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,040
Educational Services
$37,680
Manufacturing
$37,510
Retail Trade
$36,870
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,230
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$35,100
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$33,010

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Agricultural and Food Science Technicians by States

From the above tables we note that not only agricultural and food science technicians salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of agricultural and food science technicians in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $27,900 to $61,090. The highest paying state for agricultural and food science technicians is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $61,090. The lowest paying state is South Dakota with a median annual salary of $27,900. For more salary information of agricultural and food science technicians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$61,090
Massachusetts
$49,930
Wyoming
$46,750
Alabama
$45,780
New York
$45,750
North Dakota
$44,240
Iowa
$42,900
New Mexico
$42,630
Maryland
$42,400
Minnesota
$41,570
Louisiana
$41,350
California
$38,740
Pennsylvania
$38,590
Oregon
$38,580
Illinois
$38,270
Kansas
$38,080
Alaska
$37,770
Indiana
$37,650
Michigan
$37,580
Utah
$37,310
Wisconsin
$37,260
South Carolina
$37,120
Oklahoma
$36,840
Arkansas
$36,750
Vermont
$36,600
Nebraska
$36,570
Washington
$36,410
Ohio
$35,680
Florida
$35,430
Arizona
$34,930
Virginia
$34,770
Texas
$34,370
Delaware
$34,120
Virgin Islands
$33,980
Missouri
$33,940
Mississippi
$33,870
Georgia
$33,600
North Carolina
$33,250
Colorado
$32,660
Idaho
$31,960
Kentucky
$31,380
Tennessee
$29,670
South Dakota
$27,900


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