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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Soil and Plant Scientists
Industry profile for Soil and Plant Scientists
Geographic profile for Soil and Plant Scientists

National estimates for Soil and Plant Scientists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Soil and Plant Scientists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
13,950 4.6 % $ 35.12 $ 73,040 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Soil and Plant Scientists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 19.06 $ 24.72 $ 31.79 $ 42.10 $ 56.46
Annual Wage (2) $ 39,650 $ 51,420 $ 66,120 $ 87,560 $ 117,450


Industry profile for Soil and Plant Scientists: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Soil and Plant Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,340 0.15 $ 31.66 $ 65,840
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,250 0.07 $ 29.72 $ 61,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,210 0.29 $ 44.30 $ 92,150
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 1,340 0.25 $ 31.21 $ 64,930
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,120 0.05 $ 43.37 $ 90,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Soil and Plant Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers 480 0.70 $ 34.63 $ 72,020
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 430 0.30 $ 25.57 $ 53,190
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,210 0.29 $ 44.30 $ 92,150
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only) 1,340 0.25 $ 31.21 $ 64,930
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,340 0.15 $ 31.66 $ 65,840

Top paying industries for Soil and Plant Scientists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 80 0.02 $ 57.47 $ 119,540
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) (8) (8) $ 52.45 $ 109,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises 180 0.01 $ 46.57 $ 96,860
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,210 0.29 $ 44.30 $ 92,150
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,120 0.05 $ 43.37 $ 90,200


Geographic profile for Soil and Plant Scientists: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Soil and Plant Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,590 0.10 0.97 $ 37.84 $ 78,710
North Carolina 970 0.23 2.26 $ 43.78 $ 91,070
Iowa 800 0.55 5.43 $ 31.69 $ 65,910
Washington 680 0.21 2.11 $ 37.94 $ 78,910
Nebraska 650 0.69 6.86 $ 32.42 $ 67,440




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Soil and Plant Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 540 1.32 13.12 $ 30.37 $ 63,170
North Dakota 330 0.83 8.27 $ 29.34 $ 61,020
Nebraska 650 0.69 6.86 $ 32.42 $ 67,440
Iowa 800 0.55 5.43 $ 31.69 $ 65,910
Montana 150 0.33 3.27 $ 32.44 $ 67,470




Top paying states for Soil and Plant Scientists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 480 0.19 1.91 $ 51.47 $ 107,050
Mississippi 60 0.05 0.54 $ 44.85 $ 93,290
Massachusetts 350 0.10 1.03 $ 44.79 $ 93,150
District of Columbia 50 0.07 0.73 $ 44.25 $ 92,040
North Carolina 970 0.23 2.26 $ 43.78 $ 91,070





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Soil and Plant Scientists:

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 370 0.12 1.22 $ 49.07 $ 102,060
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 340 0.13 1.29 $ 45.00 $ 93,590
Madison, WI 260 0.68 6.80 $ 30.19 $ 62,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 260 0.14 1.41 $ 33.07 $ 68,780
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 250 0.06 0.56 $ 27.99 $ 58,220
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 200 0.17 1.74 $ 48.22 $ 100,290
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.13 1.28 (8) (8)
Fort Collins, CO 170 1.06 10.58 $ 30.18 $ 62,770
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 150 0.77 7.63 (8) (8)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 150 0.06 0.64 $ 32.78 $ 68,180




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Soil and Plant Scientists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ames, IA 120 2.73 27.21 $ 26.88 $ 55,910
Corvallis, OR 60 1.75 17.45 $ 36.77 $ 76,490
Manhattan, KS 50 1.46 14.53 $ 26.86 $ 55,880
Grand Island, NE 50 1.36 13.60 $ 34.61 $ 71,990
Merced, CA 80 1.10 10.94 $ 30.54 $ 63,520
Fort Collins, CO 170 1.06 10.58 $ 30.18 $ 62,770
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 90 1.06 10.57 $ 31.47 $ 65,450
Fargo, ND-MN 140 1.05 10.49 $ 26.84 $ 55,830
Champaign-Urbana, IL 90 0.97 9.67 $ 32.01 $ 66,570
Salem, OR 150 0.89 8.90 $ 38.20 $ 79,460




Top paying metropolitan areas for Soil and Plant Scientists:

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 370 0.12 1.22 $ 49.07 $ 102,060
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 200 0.17 1.74 $ 48.22 $ 100,290
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 80 0.08 0.84 $ 46.20 $ 96,100
Salinas, CA 50 0.31 3.12 $ 45.68 $ 95,010
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 340 0.13 1.29 $ 45.00 $ 93,590
Kennewick-Richland, WA 40 0.38 3.83 $ 44.14 $ 91,820
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 41.33 $ 85,970
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 90 0.03 0.26 $ 40.67 $ 84,600
Baton Rouge, LA 30 0.09 0.91 $ 39.65 $ 82,460
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 90 0.01 0.10 $ 38.94 $ 80,990

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Soil and Plant Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 2.18 21.69 $ 31.12 $ 64,720
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 310 2.44 24.32 $ 28.73 $ 59,750
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 230 0.60 6.01 $ 33.00 $ 68,640
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.46 14.58 $ 32.84 $ 68,310
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.49 14.89 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Soil and Plant Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 310 2.44 24.32 $ 28.73 $ 59,750
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 320 2.18 21.69 $ 31.12 $ 64,720
East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 2.08 20.74 $ 30.79 $ 64,040
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 140 1.49 14.89 (8) (8)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.46 14.58 $ 32.84 $ 68,310

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Soil and Plant Scientists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 39.63 $ 82,430
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 4.18 $ 35.80 $ 74,470
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 100 1.02 10.14 $ 33.03 $ 68,700
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 230 0.60 6.01 $ 33.00 $ 68,640
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 190 1.46 14.58 $ 32.84 $ 68,310


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021