Agronomist Salary

Average Agronomists in the United States make around $49K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Agronomists can bottom out near $33K or peak near $84K depending on individual performance. The majority of Agronomists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Agronomists (87 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,752 - $78,663
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$79K
MEDIAN: $49,426
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90%

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$11.84 - $22.13
(Median)
$12
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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
$34,752 - $78,663  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,711  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,320  
Commission
$-0.50 - $59,180  
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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$32,543 - $83,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 347
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $14,711  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $59,180  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,320  
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).
)
$32,543 - $83,559  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Research Analysis and Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Agronomist

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Agronomists. 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 $59K. Agronomists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $67K. Agronomists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $69K on average.

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Experience Affects Agronomist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

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 27%

up arrow 7%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 11%
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