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Agricultural Scientists

Earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, animal scientists, a type of agricultural scientist, earned median annual earnings of $70,140 in May 2023, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $46,240 and the highest 10 percent earning $162,000. Soil and plant scientists earned an average of $68,240 annually, ranging from $43,790 to $119,410. Food scientists and technologists had median annual earnings of $82,090 in May 2023. Salaries ranged from less than $48,480 for the lowest paid 10 percent to more than $135,430 for the highest paid 10 percent. Unless hired for a short-term project, agricultural scientists most likely receive health and retirement benefits in addition to their annual salary.

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