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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,660
25th Percentile Wage
$47,950
50th Percentile Wage
$62,920
75th Percentile Wage
$84,270
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 $62,920. 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201662,9200.72%6.85%
201562,4702.85%-
201460,6901.88%-
201359,5501.58%-
201258,610--

Table 2. Agricultural and Food Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

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
$81,070
Utilities
$80,450
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$66,180
Wholesale Trade
$63,150
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$61,530
Retail Trade
$59,760
Manufacturing
$59,360
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,580
Educational Services
$52,160
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,360


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