Agronomist Salary (United States)

Male Agronomists number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $51,874 per year in the United States. Pay ranges from $33,168 on the low end to $83,532 per year on the higher side. Total cash incomes of Agronomists run from $34,045 to $79,516, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $14,512, profit sharing that reaches $7,050, and some commissions of nearly $58K. The vast majority enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and 44 percent get vision benefits. Most Agronomists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Agronomist Salary (?
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$34,045 - $79,516
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MEDIAN: $49,564
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Agronomist Salary (?
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$11.59 - $22.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,045 - $79,516  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,512  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $7,050  
Commission
$-0.50 - $58,175  
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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$33,168 - $83,532  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $22.74  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,512  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $58,175  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $7,050  
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).
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$33,168 - $83,532  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Agronomist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Agronomists, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $46K, increasing to $58K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $65K after one to two decades. Salaries grow more slowly as Agronomists approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $65K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Agronomist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$52,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 9%
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