Salary for Soil and Plant Scientists

Also known as:  Agriculturist, Agronomist, Arboreal Scientist, Crop Nutrition Scientist, Floriculturist, Horticulturist, Plant Physiologist, Plant Scientist, Pomologist, Soil Fertility Extension Specialist

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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 get salaries between 48000 to 72000 based on experience. Soil and Plant Scientists can expect wages of Sixty Three Thousand Two Hundred dollars yearly.

Soil and Plant Scientists are compensated at the highest average salary in Nevada, where they can receive wages of approximating $142770. People in this job function are paid at the highest level in Public Administration, where they can get average pay of $73320.

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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 13.88 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Soil and Plant Scientists tend to make the most in the following industries
Management of Companies and Enterprises $73,320
Public Administration $68,230
Wholesale Trade $65,490
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $65,450
Manufacturing $65,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $63,620
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $46,720
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $47,330
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $48,800
Educational Services $53,130
Retail Trade $61,090
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $63,620
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