Plant Breeder Salary

A Plant Breeder earns an average salary of $81,693 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$42,500 - $116,557
MEDIAN: $81,693

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$38,843 - $122,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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Job Description for Plant Breeder

Plant breeders work with a wide range of plants and crop systems in order to identify, care for, and develop a variety of plants and crops. They also conduct experiments in which they discover and explore new plant life, as well as various breeding combinations. Their research focuses on finding and developing new and effective ways to produce a vast amount of crops with as few resources as possible. Some may work on a large scale to help countries which struggle with food shortages to maximize their crop growth in this way.


Plant Breeder Tasks

  • Plan and implement field trials.
  • Develop and improve plant varieties with specific goals.
  • Utilize a variety of breeding techniques, including molecular, genetic and traditional methods.
  • Conduct research and experimentation.
  • Collect and analyze data and trial results.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.


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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 5%