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Soil and Plant Scientist Salary Information

The salary statistics of soil and plant scientists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of soil and plant scientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The soil and plant 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. Soil and Plant Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,090
25th Percentile Wage
$47,710
50th Percentile Wage
$62,430
75th Percentile Wage
$81,360
90th Percentile Wage
$112,390

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for soil and plant scientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) soil and plant scientists is $112,390. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $62,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,090. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 195% 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 soil and plant scientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$62,430
0.21% 5.91%
2016
$62,300
3.61% -
2015
$60,050
0.22% -
2014
$59,920
1.55% -
2013
$58,990
0.42% -
2012
$58,740
- -

Table 2. Soil and Plant Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of soil and plant scientists in 12 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 soil and plant scientists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $71,240. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $48,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$71,240
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$71,040
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,810
Retail Trade
$66,820
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$65,390
Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,320
Transportation and Warehousing
$63,980
Manufacturing
$61,730
Wholesale Trade
$61,240
Educational Services
$52,390
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$50,670
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,010

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Soil and Plant Scientists by States

From the above tables we note that not only soil and plant scientists 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 soil and plant scientists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $32,860 to $80,120. The highest paying state for soil and plant scientists is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $80,120. The lowest paying state is Oklahoma with a median annual salary of $32,860. For more salary information of soil and plant scientists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Connecticut
$80,120
District of Columbia
$79,820
Mississippi
$78,260
Maryland
$77,030
California
$76,770
Arkansas
$76,260
North Dakota
$75,820
Arizona
$72,550
Washington
$72,150
Nevada
$72,000
New Jersey
$70,240
New Hampshire
$69,450
Wyoming
$69,140
Alaska
$67,010
Oregon
$66,240
North Carolina
$66,110
Iowa
$65,960
Alabama
$64,210
Hawaii
$64,200
Montana
$63,700
Minnesota
$62,630
Idaho
$62,230
Utah
$62,230
Virginia
$61,570
Kentucky
$60,430
New York
$60,260
New Mexico
$60,210
Massachusetts
$59,100
Kansas
$58,990
Wisconsin
$58,290
Maine
$58,070
South Dakota
$56,320
Nebraska
$55,850
Georgia
$55,410
Louisiana
$55,330
Illinois
$55,070
Florida
$54,800
Colorado
$53,110
Pennsylvania
$52,870
Texas
$52,800
Rhode Island
$52,640
Delaware
$51,970
Michigan
$49,730
Indiana
$49,550
Missouri
$48,790
Tennessee
$48,300
West Virginia
$47,040
Ohio
$46,960
Puerto Rico
$35,380
Oklahoma
$32,860



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