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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Soil and Plant Scientist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,820
25th Percentile Wage
$47,490
50th Percentile Wage
$62,300
75th Percentile Wage
$81,920
90th Percentile Wage
$114,390

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 $114,390. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $62,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,820. 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 202% 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 soil and plant scientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201662,3003.61%5.71%
201560,0500.22%-
201459,9201.55%-
201358,9900.42%-
201258,740--

Table 2. Soil and Plant Scientist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of soil and plant scientists 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 soil and plant scientists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $83,710. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $48,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$83,710
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$71,040
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$67,860
Retail Trade
$66,820
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$66,380
Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,030
Wholesale Trade
$61,350
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$57,460
Educational Services
$52,360
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,970

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 $44,040 to $77,580. The highest paying state for soil and plant scientists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $77,580. The lowest paying state is Tennessee with a median annual salary of $44,040. 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
District of Columbia
$77,580
Maryland
$77,570
Mississippi
$77,550
Connecticut
$77,180
Arkansas
$76,170
North Carolina
$75,020
New Jersey
$73,470
Washington
$71,800
California
$71,630
Iowa
$69,510
Massachusetts
$69,380
Wyoming
$69,140
Arizona
$68,540
North Dakota
$67,320
Idaho
$67,140
Alaska
$67,010
Oregon
$65,580
Kansas
$64,160
Colorado
$63,130
Montana
$62,930
Utah
$61,230
Alabama
$61,220
New Mexico
$61,220
Nebraska
$59,040
Illinois
$58,920
New York
$58,580
Minnesota
$58,390
Virginia
$58,200
Pennsylvania
$56,060
Wisconsin
$55,190
South Dakota
$55,020
Texas
$54,660
Louisiana
$53,780
Ohio
$53,050
Maine
$52,200
Michigan
$51,660
Florida
$51,600
Missouri
$51,160
Delaware
$49,130
Georgia
$48,810
Kentucky
$47,700
West Virginia
$47,040
Indiana
$45,780
Tennessee
$44,040



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