The salary statistics of agricultural and food scientists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of agricultural and food scientists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of agricultural and food scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The agricultural and food scientists 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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for agricultural and food scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) agricultural and food scientists is $116,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $62,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,660. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 209% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of agricultural and food scientists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of agricultural and food scientists in 11 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 scientists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $81,070. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $48,360).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |