Median annual wages of food scientists and technologists were $59,520 in May
2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $43,600 and $81,340. The lowest 10
percent earned less than $33,790, and the highest 10 percent earned more than
$104,520. Median annual wages of soil and plant scientists were $58,390 in May
2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $44,150 and $78,080. The lowest 10
percent earned less than $34,260, and the highest 10 percent earned more than
$105,340. In May 2008, median annual wages of animal scientists were $56,030.
The average Federal salary in 2009 was $104,184 in animal science and $79,158
in soil science.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, beginning
salary offers in July 2009 for graduates with a bachelor's degree in animal
sciences averaged $33,732 a year; plant sciences, $33,456 a year; and in other
agricultural sciences, $34,699 a year.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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