Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

19-1013 Soil and Plant Scientists

Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,830 4.0 % $31.34 $65,180 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.79 $21.67 $28.45 $37.79 $51.76
Annual Wage (2) $34,930 $45,070 $59,180 $78,590 $107,670


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,430 $35.08 $72,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,780 $37.62 $78,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,760 $26.37 $54,840
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,250 $31.79 $66,130
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,240 $31.03 $64,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 70 $37.71 $78,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,780 $37.62 $78,250
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,430 $35.08 $72,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises 230 $33.85 $70,420
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,250 $31.79 $66,130


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Iowa 1,630 $31.18 $64,860 1.105
South Dakota 370 $25.05 $52,100 0.941
North Dakota 130 $27.32 $56,820 0.371
Montana 150 $24.88 $51,750 0.354
Nebraska 310 $24.22 $50,370 0.338

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nevada (8) $68.64 $142,770 (8)
Maryland 180 $41.55 $86,420 0.072
Connecticut 90 $38.32 $79,710 0.057
Missouri 290 $37.77 $78,550 0.109
West Virginia 50 $37.67 $78,360 0.066


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 910 $32.47 $67,530 2.841
Auburn-Opelika, AL 80 $35.38 $73,600 1.601
Durham, NC 380 $31.65 $65,840 1.379
Ames, IA 50 $31.35 $65,200 1.197
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 50 $20.89 $43,440 0.714

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) $72.47 $150,740 (8)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 $43.26 $89,990 0.130
St. Louis, MO-IL 200 $43.18 $89,800 0.153
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 100 $41.49 $86,310 0.104
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 $41.48 $86,290 0.099


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010