Earnings for Agronomists in the United States come in at around $50K annually on average. Overall cash earnings for Agronomists stretch from $34K on the lower end to $81K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $13K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Most Agronomists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Agronomists are male. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,534 - $75,030
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$36K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,974
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$9.93 - $22.99
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,534 - $75,030  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $12,822  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $9,863  
Commission
$493.16 - $34,645  
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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$34,217 - $80,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 302
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $22.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28  
Overtime
$15.00 - $44.22  
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
$248.32 - $12,822  
   
Commission
$493.16 - $34,645  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $9,863  
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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$34,217 - $80,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. Agronomists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $67K.

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Experience Affects Agronomist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Agronomist Salaries

Field Sales
up arrow 32%

Research Analysis
up arrow 14%

Technical Sales
up arrow 13%

agronomy
up arrow 8%

Sales
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Problem Solving
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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