Salary Survey

Agricultural Education, Communication, and Studies
Job Title Average Salary Low Salary High Salary #
Ag Education Teacher 40020 26000 51325 37
Communications/Public Relations 37670 20000 50000 42
Community Planning 35500 30000 40000 4
Cooperative Extension System 34220 24960 43000 4
Family/Social Services 25510 15600 40000 7
Farming Operation 40250 35000 50000 4
Marketing 37850 26000 61400 20
Non-Profit Organizations 31370 19240 40000 6
Policy/Legislative 50000 50000 50000 1
Sales Representative 48100 22880 75000 56
Service Work 46960 32000 63000 11
Other 39703 15600 62000 53
Major Total 40780 15600 75000 245
Further Education 80

Organizations Hiring Students in Agricultural Education, Communication & Studies

Agricultural Economics and Business
Job Title Average Salary Low Salary High Salary #
Accounting 45090 24000 57500 18
Business Analyst 52530 35000 76000 34
Elevator Management 51440 34320 60000 12
Farm Management 48130 31200 65000 14
Farming Operation 41030 15000 75000 48
Grain Merchandising/Commodities 51690 25000 62000 50
Human Resources 45790 26000 66000 14
Insurance 42490 22000 60000 22
Lending/Finance 45890 26000 72500 81
Marketing/Public Relations 52100 48000 64500 13
Policy/International Trade 39000 32000 45000 3
Production/Management Trainee 52380 37440 80000 65
Sales Representative 48160 24000 75000 139
Service Work 37510 20800 50000 6
Other 44003 24000 80000 70
Major Total 47430 15000 80000 589
Further Education 138

Organizations Hiring Students in Agricultural Economics & Business

agronomy-crop-sciences
Job Title Average Salary Low Salary High Salary #
Agronomist 47680 26000 70000 47
Conservation/Environmental Technician 36730 24000 42000 12
Crop Scout/Consultant 42090 25000 52000 16
Custom Applicator 39510 32500 45000 3
Farming Operation 40840 20000 71250 37
Precision Ag Specialist 44070 33000 55000 7
Research Technician 37530 28000 50000 10
Sales Representative 51520 30000 70000 45
Seed Production 51160 35000 75000 15
Service Work 30400 24000 36000 3
Other 37580 18750 55000 10
Major Total 44970 18750 75000 205
Further Education 60

Organizations Hiring Students in Agronomy and Crop Sciences

Animal and Dairy Sciences
Job Title Average Salary Low Salary High Salary #
AI Technician/Breeding 35930 27000 40000 9
Animal Health 40290 32500 47737 6
Companion Animal 25630 17000 45000 14
Education/Extension 37410 20000 55000 13
Equine 27420 12000 50000 28
Farming Operation 35400 15000 60000 21
Feed/Nutrition 45210 34000 53000 11
Food Industry 48270 34000 62000 38
Herdsman 35090 19200 50000 29
Poultry Industry 44420 32000 50000 18
Research Technician 31890 18750 50000 39
Sales Representative 43840 24000 70000 40
Service Work 33970 18750 55000 11
Swine Industry 41780 30000 55000 32
Vet Technician 24390 13750 42000 42
Zookeeper/Wildlife Rehab 31750 21000 45000 4
Other 38840 19240 50000 34
Major Total 36630 12000 70000 389
Further Education 406

Organizations Hiring Students in Animal and Dairy Sciences

Biological Sciences
Job Title Average Salary Low Salary High Salary #
Animal/Plant Breeder 45000 45000 45000 1
Biochemist 51430 41600 61250 2
Biologist 35000 32000 38000 2
Biology Teacher 43000 35000 51000 2
Entomologist 32890 17680 42000 4
Government 38000 38000 38000 1
Lab/Research Technician 35820 18720 60000 38
Microbiologist N/A N/A N/A N/A
Public Health Specialist 31230 15080 60000 25
Quality Assurance 42520 35320 52000 5
Sales Representative N/A N/A N/A N/A
Service Work 24125 12000 36250 2
Other 38300 19200 60000 15
Major Total 35570 12000 61250 97
Further Education 253

Organizations Hiring Students in Biological Sciences

Environmental Sciences
Job Title Average Salary Low Salary High Salary #
Companion Animal Industry 28500 17000 40000 2
Conservation Officer/Park Ranger 30970 24500 42000 9
Education/Extension 35157 20000 50314 2
Energy Consultant 44080 37000 55000 6
Environmental Consultant 46070 30000 70000 10
Environmental Technician 34040 19200 62500 22
Firefighter N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fisheries Biologist/Technician 27440 19000 36500 12
Forest Products Inspector 35600 31200 40000 2
Forest Ranger N/A N/A N/A N/A
Government 33250 25500 42500 4
Government/Private Forestry Technician 32580 24650 47840 20
Hydrologist 32000 32000 32000 1
Outdoor Recreation Industry 35740 24960 48000 4
Police/Law Enforcement 40000 28000 52000 2
Rangeland Management 40033 40033 40033 1
Service Work 28990 12000 51726 10
Soil Conservationist 37100 32000 42500 5
Timber Procurement 40170 28500 60000 3
Urban Forester 32200 26750 41000 5
Wetland/Prairie Preservation 29030 25000 35000 8
Wildlife Biologist/Technician/Research 27790 15000 54000 24
Wood Products N/A N/A N/A N/A
Zookeeper/Wildlife Rehab 20360 18720 24000 4
Other 35410 14500 60000 60
Major Total 33440 12000 70000 216
Further Education 117

Organizations Hiring Students in Environmental Sciences, Fisheries, Forestry & Wildlife Biology

Food Science
Job Title Average Salary Low Salary High Salary #
Culinary Arts 57000 57000 57000 1
Enology 42690 36000 60000 5
Food Service Industry 31100 20000 55000 8
Nutritionist 34700 25000 47500 3
Production Technologist 50096 35000 66000 28
Public Health Services 34940 31200 42500 5
Quality Assurance/Control 51660 30000 65000 30
Registered Dietitian * (See page 16)
Research & Development 45610 31200 65000 30
Sales Representative 48710 30000 63000 14
Sensory N/A N/A N/A N/A
Service Work 28250 20000 40000 4
Other 30520 17680 65000 13
Major Total 44740 17680 66000 141
Further Education 189

 

Organizations Hiring Students in Food Science, Human Nutrition & Dietetics

Horticulture
Job Title Average Salary Low Salary High Salary #
Education 36440 22800 50000 2
Golf Course Industry 36590 30000 45000 10
Greenhouse Production 34340 19760 60000 6
Landscape Design 41330 22880 55000 29
Landscape Installation/Maintenance 39100 22963 70000 19
Nursery Management 38370 29120 50000 7
Public Garden Management 28750 24900 36400 3
Research Technician 35540 20800 45000 10
Sales 44250 30000 70000 8
Service Work 41600 41600 41600 1
Sports Turf Management 35000 32000 38000 3
Vegetable and Fruit Production 33310 16250 55000 4
Viticulture 34400 31200 39000 3
Other 33520 21840 50000 13
Major Total 37888 16250 70000 118
Further Education 19

Organizations Hiring Students in Horticulture

2016/2017 Entry-level Salary Information for Recent Graduates in Agriculture and Related Disciplines

Each year, participating agricultural colleges across the nation provide data to summarize entry-level salaries of recent graduates of their programs. The information is useful to help illustrate industry trends and provide appropriate baselines for both students and employers. The summary, which is coordinated by Iowa State University, includes information collected by career services offices from December 2016 and May 2017 undergraduates. After the data are tabulated, the summary is finalized in August of each year and disseminated to contributing schools for appropriate use.

Participating Universities
University College University College
Auburn University College of Agriculture Colorado State University Warner College of Natural Resources and College of Agricultural Sciences
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Kansas State University College of Agriculture
Louisiana State University College of Agriculture Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Oklahoma State University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Purdue University College of Agriculture South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences The Ohio State University College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Food and Environment
University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Missouri College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
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