Salary for Soil and Plant Scientists

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Also known as:  Agriculturist, Agronomist, Arboreal Scientist, Crop Nutrition Scientist, Floriculturist, Horticulturist, Plant Physiologist, Plant Scientist, Pomologist, Soil Fertility Extension Specialist helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Soil and plant scientists study the interaction of crops and soils. These scientists also possess significant knowledge of insect biology, and may study the effects of insect life on plants and soil. Their work may involve the development of new plants, pesticides, and soil enrichment technologies. Additionally, they may be involved in the investigation of poor water or soil quality, and creating solutions to soil problems encountered on construction sites. Some scientists in this field study the behavior of bees and factors affecting bee diseases and pollen yields. Graduate education is strongly advised for professionals in these occupations.

A Soil or Plant Scientist can earn average salaries in a range of $39,650 to $117,450 based on education and tenure levels. get an average salary of seventy-three thousand and fourty dollars per year.

are paid most highly in Maryland, where they get an average salary rate of close to $107,050. People in this category of job can expect the highest salaries in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they can earn job pay of $96,860.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 35.39 percent nationwide in that time.


Soil and Plant Scientists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Educational Services
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Other Services (except Public Administration)
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