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Agronomist Salary

The average Agronomist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $50K per year. Total cash compensation to Agronomists bottoms out near $32K and approaches $84K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Job satisfaction for Agronomists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Agronomists who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,533 - $79,330
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $49,540
10%
50%
90%

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$11.84 - $22.13
(Median)
$12
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,533 - $79,330  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,204  
Commission
$-0.50 - $58,723  
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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$32,369 - $83,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334
National Hourly Rate 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.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $22.13  
   
Overtime
$0.36 - $32.00  
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 - $14,681  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $58,723  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,204  
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).
)
$32,369 - $83,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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 only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Research Analysis and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. Agronomists bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $70K.

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Experience Affects Agronomist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Agronomist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 31%

up arrow 7%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 10%
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