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Salary for Agricultural Engineers

Also known as:  Agricultural Engineer, Agricultural Production Engineer, Agricultural Research Engineer, Farm Equipment Engineer, Research Agricultural Engineer

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Agricultural engineers use hydrological, structural and mechanical engineering skills to determine water quality needs, assess river management techniques and determine site appropriateness for agricultural enterprises. They design food processing plants, food and grain storage facilities, and animal shelter and loading devices. In addition, they may test existing equipment to ensure its viability, provide project sketches, budgets, and timelines, and serve supervisory positions in food processing and manufacturing facilities, and during the development process of agricultural sites. A minimum of a four-year college degree is required for these positions, although many agricultural engineers also have their Master's or Doctorate degrees.

An Agricultural Engineer can get a pay level of somewhere between 56000 and 84000 based on level of experience. Agricultural Engineers will most likely receive average salaries of Seventy Seven Thousand Eight Hundred dollars per year.

Agricultural Engineers are paid at the highest average level in Texas, where they can get an average salary rate of close to $106670. People working these jobs make the highest salary in Manufacturing, where they get average job salaries of $82720.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 28.76 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Agricultural Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $82,720
Manufacturing $74,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises $74,530
Wholesale Trade $72,660
Public Administration $71,910
Educational Services $59,190
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $59,190
Public Administration $71,910
Wholesale Trade $72,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises $74,530
Manufacturing $74,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $82,720