Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

19-1013 Soil and Plant Scientists

Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, 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
Geographic 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)
14,610 4.0 % $31.72 $65,980 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.20 $22.02 $28.87 $37.43 $50.67
Annual Wage (2) $35,770 $45,800 $60,050 $77,860 $105,390


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,650 0.41 $35.35 $73,530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,530 0.20 $31.04 $64,560
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,420 0.08 $27.81 $57,850
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,350 0.07 $39.40 $81,950
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,320 0.40 $31.28 $65,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 380 0.50 $31.21 $64,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,650 0.41 $35.35 $73,530
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,320 0.40 $31.28 $65,070
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,530 0.20 $31.04 $64,560
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 290 0.19 $25.10 $52,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 330 0.01 $40.81 $84,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,350 0.07 $39.40 $81,950
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 40 0.05 $36.37 $75,660
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,650 0.41 $35.35 $73,530
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 250 0.01 $33.47 $69,620


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 1,970 1.29 12.18 $32.95 $68,540
California 1,870 0.12 1.14 $37.97 $78,970
North Carolina 890 0.22 2.03 $30.84 $64,140
Nebraska 790 0.82 7.79 $31.44 $65,400
Texas 760 0.07 0.62 $29.21 $60,760



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iowa 1,970 1.29 12.18 $32.95 $68,540
South Dakota 460 1.11 10.50 $27.26 $56,710
Nebraska 790 0.82 7.79 $31.44 $65,400
North Dakota 240 0.53 5.00 $35.12 $73,040
Montana 190 0.43 4.08 $31.79 $66,110



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 40 0.06 0.60 $44.00 $91,520
Maryland 140 0.05 0.51 $42.54 $88,490
Washington 260 0.09 0.83 $40.66 $84,580
District of Columbia 50 0.08 0.74 $40.22 $83,660
Mississippi 100 0.09 0.88 $39.53 $82,230




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 640 1.84 17.40 $37.54 $78,090
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 510 0.59 5.55 $40.05 $83,300
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 340 0.10 0.90 $35.78 $74,430
Ames, IA 280 6.39 60.29 $31.32 $65,140
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 270 0.14 1.34 $31.57 $65,670
St. Louis, MO-IL 260 0.19 1.84 $24.27 $50,490
Raleigh, NC 260 0.46 4.31 $26.63 $55,380
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 230 0.79 7.41 $40.81 $84,870
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 220 1.08 10.15 $24.97 $51,930
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.14 1.32 $38.78 $80,660



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ames, IA 280 6.39 60.29 $31.32 $65,140
Corvallis, OR 80 2.36 22.23 $33.22 $69,110
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 640 1.84 17.40 $37.54 $78,090
Columbia, MO 130 1.43 13.46 $27.16 $56,500
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 220 1.08 10.15 $24.97 $51,930
College Station-Bryan, TX 110 1.08 10.19 $27.49 $57,190
Ithaca, NY 50 0.93 8.73 $40.10 $83,420
Manhattan, KS 30 0.82 7.76 $38.66 $80,420
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 230 0.79 7.41 $40.81 $84,870
Albany, OR 30 0.74 6.94 $31.38 $65,280



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fresno, CA 80 0.22 2.12 $48.08 $100,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 180 0.07 0.70 $44.77 $93,120
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 230 0.79 7.41 $40.81 $84,870
Ithaca, NY 50 0.93 8.73 $40.10 $83,420
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $40.07 $83,340
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 510 0.59 5.55 $40.05 $83,300
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.14 1.32 $38.78 $80,660
Manhattan, KS 30 0.82 7.76 $38.66 $80,420
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 40 0.07 0.65 $37.67 $78,360
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 640 1.84 17.40 $37.54 $78,090

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 290 2.21 20.84 $26.17 $54,430
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 270 2.53 23.84 $25.25 $52,530
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.29 12.20 $25.19 $52,390
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 100 1.08 10.18 $35.34 $73,520
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 90 0.39 3.63 $31.95 $66,460

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 270 2.53 23.84 $25.25 $52,530
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 290 2.21 20.84 $26.17 $54,430
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 2.15 20.29 $57.35 $119,280
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.29 12.20 $25.19 $52,390
East Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.18 11.17 $33.38 $69,420

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 2.15 20.29 $57.35 $119,280
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 3.86 $41.84 $87,020
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.58 $38.45 $79,970
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $38.09 $79,220
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.54 $78,080


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016