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Agricultural and Food Scientist Salary Information

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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Agricultural and Food Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,890
25th Percentile Wage
$48,260
50th Percentile Wage
$62,910
75th Percentile Wage
$84,170
90th Percentile Wage
$116,520

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 $62,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,890. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 207% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$62,910
-0.02% 6.84%
2016
$62,920
0.72% -
2015
$62,470
2.85% -
2014
$60,690
1.88% -
2013
$59,550
1.58% -
2012
$58,610
- -

Table 2. Agricultural and Food Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of agricultural and food scientists in 14 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 utilities sector with an annual salary $80,450. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $46,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$80,450
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$75,090
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$70,400
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$69,410
Federal, State, and Local Government
$66,250
Transportation and Warehousing
$64,590
Wholesale Trade
$63,910
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$62,600
Retail Trade
$61,300
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$61,160
Manufacturing
$59,730
Educational Services
$52,870
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$47,600
Health Care and Social Assistance
$46,970



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