Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
13,160 3.2 % $30.21 $62,830 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.40 $21.36 $28.36 $36.35 $46.14
Annual Wage (2) $34,120 $44,420 $58,990 $75,620 $95,970


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 2,930 0.46 $32.29 $67,170
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,970 0.17 $27.96 $58,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,800 0.06 $25.17 $52,350
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,460 0.07 $38.40 $79,880
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,210 0.37 $33.26 $69,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,930 0.46 $32.29 $67,170
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 290 0.39 $30.47 $63,380
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1,210 0.37 $33.26 $69,190
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 340 0.24 $26.34 $54,790
Tobacco Manufacturing 30 0.24 $38.63 $80,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tobacco Manufacturing 30 0.24 $38.63 $80,360
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,460 0.07 $38.40 $79,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises 350 0.02 $37.86 $78,750
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing 30 0.04 $33.38 $69,430
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores 30 0.02 $33.32 $69,300


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 1,900 1.27 12.81 $33.75 $70,190
California 1,560 0.11 1.07 $33.02 $68,680
Oregon 680 0.41 4.17 $26.56 $55,240
Illinois 660 0.12 1.17 $32.01 $66,580
Texas 610 0.06 0.56 $27.80 $57,830




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 1,900 1.27 12.81 $33.75 $70,190
South Dakota 380 0.95 9.53 $27.23 $56,640
North Dakota 260 0.61 6.09 $26.98 $56,120
Nebraska 460 0.49 4.96 $29.17 $60,670
Oregon 680 0.41 4.17 $26.56 $55,240




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 30 0.05 0.55 $43.51 $90,490
Louisiana 60 0.03 0.32 $41.52 $86,360
Maryland 200 0.08 0.81 $37.38 $77,750
Hawaii 140 0.22 2.26 $35.92 $74,710
Mississippi 110 0.10 1.04 $35.84 $74,540





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 1,160 3.51 35.31 $35.98 $74,840
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 460 0.12 1.24 $32.42 $67,430
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 270 0.26 2.61 $27.24 $56,660
St. Louis, MO-IL 230 0.18 1.81 $24.95 $51,890
Madison, WI 190 0.54 5.47 $28.19 $58,640
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 1.84 $39.18 $81,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.74 $44.47 $92,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 160 0.09 0.87 $30.67 $63,800
Kansas City, MO-KS 150 0.15 1.55 $28.45 $59,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.15 1.52 $27.68 $57,580




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)
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,160 3.51 35.31 $35.98 $74,840
Corvallis, OR 80 2.30 23.17 $38.61 $80,300
Columbia, MO 120 1.30 13.13 $25.88 $53,840
Champaign-Urbana, IL 110 1.13 11.42 $34.77 $72,310
Fargo, ND-MN 140 1.07 10.81 $27.62 $57,440
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 130 0.92 9.30 $25.79 $53,640
Manhattan, KS 40 0.89 8.94 $28.64 $59,580
Lafayette, IN 80 0.89 8.95 $31.48 $65,480
Logan, UT-ID 40 0.75 7.57 $24.96 $51,920
Gainesville, FL 90 0.75 7.59 $21.77 $45,290




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.74 $44.47 $92,500
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 30 0.12 1.21 $39.26 $81,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 1.84 $39.18 $81,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 30 0.02 0.19 $39.07 $81,260
Corvallis, OR 80 2.30 23.17 $38.61 $80,300
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.41 $79,900
Salinas, CA 110 0.69 7.00 $36.22 $75,350
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 1,160 3.51 35.31 $35.98 $74,840
Fresno, CA 50 0.16 1.64 $35.82 $74,500
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 30 0.05 0.51 $35.49 $73,810

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)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 260 2.07 20.85 $25.90 $53,870
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.46 4.62 $27.00 $56,150
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 1.16 11.68 $28.49 $59,250
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 120 1.12 11.27 $25.86 $53,800
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 110 2.38 23.94 $26.37 $54,840

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)
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 110 2.38 23.94 $26.37 $54,840
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 260 2.07 20.85 $25.90 $53,870
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 60 1.83 18.47 $28.08 $58,400
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.64 16.52 $28.11 $58,470
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 170 1.16 11.68 $28.49 $59,250

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)
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 3.58 $44.37 $92,290
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.91 $78,850
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 2.05 $35.66 $74,170
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.64 $74,130
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.40 4.00 $35.18 $73,170


About May 2013 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 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014