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Agronomist Salary

Men make up the majority of Agronomists in the United States, bringing in about $50K annually. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Agronomists. Ranging between $32K near the bottom and $83K near the top, total earnings can include up to $15K from bonuses and up to $7K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $43K. Job satisfaction for Agronomists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$34,265 - $78,461
(Median)
34K
50K
62K
78K
MEDIAN: $49,657
10%
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75%
90%

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$11.74 - $22.47
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,265 - $78,461  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,592  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,026  
Commission
$750 - $42,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,248 - $83,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $22.47  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,592  
   
Commission
$750 - $42,500  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,026  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$32,248 - $83,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Job Description for Agronomist

An agronomist helps select the correct nutrients for the crop(s) being grown and manage nutrient distribution. On a day-to-day basis, an agronomist may be required to develop budgets for facilities and available land, conducting inventory tracking of manure, and making sure that plans meet regulatory requirements. They are also responsible for hiring and scheduling, coordinating schedules, conducting quality control, and supervising employees. Agronomists also conduct product testing and evaluations; establish and maintain strong relationships with clients; and handle contracts and insurance issues. Additionally, these professionals must know how to sample soil, scout for crops, diagnose the nutrients that crops need, and determine the effectiveness of a nutrient.

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Agronomist Tasks

  • Consult on problems such as plant disease and adverse crop growing conditions.
  • Coordinate buying and implementation of new fertilizer and seeds.
  • Analyze soil, plant, and water samples for various crops, draft agricultural production plans, and estimate yields.
  • Collect accurate data and create reports to clarify and support agricultural plans.

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Agronomists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Research Analysis and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Agronomist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Agronomists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $46K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $59K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Agronomists bring in $65K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

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Experience Affects Agronomist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Agronomist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 30%

up arrow 7%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 10%