Agronomist Salary

Median pay for Agronomists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Cash earnings of Agronomists — including $15K in bonuses, $8K in profit sharing proceeds, and $59K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $34K to approximately $84K depending on individual performance. Most Agronomists report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Agronomists (87 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,991 - $79,048
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $49,840
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90%

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$11.89 - $22.51
(Median)
$12
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,991 - $79,048  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,891  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $8,050  
Commission
$817 - $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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$33,892 - $84,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 395
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $22.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28  
Overtime
$0.36 - $37.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,891  
   
Commission
$817 - $58,723  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $8,050  
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).
)
$33,892 - $84,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Research Analysis, Technical Sales, and agronomy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Agronomist

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. Agronomists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $70K.

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Experience Affects Agronomist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Agronomist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 20%

Technical Sales
up arrow 13%

agronomy
up arrow 7%

up arrow 5%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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