Agricultural & food scientists

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
26.3k
Average Age
40.2
Average Salary
$73,386
Average Male Salary
$81,853
Average Female Salary
$59,695

About

Agricultural & food scientists are most often employed by the Scientific research & development services industry. The average yearly wage for Agricultural & food scientists was $73,386 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Agricultural & food scientists by wage are Firefighters, School psychologists, and Facilities managers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Agricultural & food scientists are Minot City PUMA, ND, West Des Moines & Urbandale Cities PUMA, IA, and West Town, Near West Side & Lower West Side PUMA, IL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Agricultural & food scientists are Minot City PUMA, ND, Ames City PUMA, IA, and Whitman, Asotin, Adams, Lincoln, Columbia & Garfield Counties PUMA, WA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Agricultural & food scientists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Scientific research & development services is the industry that employs the most Agricultural & food scientists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Agricultural & food scientists, by average wage, is Agricultural chemical manufacturing. Agricultural & food scientists are paid most in Benton County PUMA, AR but are relatively concentrated in Minot City PUMA, ND.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$73,386
AVERAGE SALARY
± $8,133

In 2020, Agricultural & food scientists earned an average of $73,386, $17,432 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Facilities managers make somewhat more than Agricultural & food scientists while Firefighters make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Agricultural & food scientists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.366
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Agricultural & food scientists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.366, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Agricultural & food scientists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Agricultural & food scientists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Agricultural & food scientists.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Agricultural & food scientists, by average wage, are Agricultural chemical manufacturing, Management of companies & enterprises, and Administration of human resource programs.

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Industries by Share

26.3k
2020 Workforce
± 3,982
5.96%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 20.5%

The number of people employed as Agricultural & food scientists has been growing at a rate of 5.96%, from 24,829 people in 2019 to 26,308 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Agricultural & food scientists employed by various industries. Scientific research & development services employs the largest share of Agricultural & food scientists at  12.2%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 9% and Administration of economic programs & space research with 8.7%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Agricultural & food scientists in the US. The average age of male Agricultural & food scientists in the workforce is 42.3 and of female Agricultural & food scientists is 36.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Agricultural & food scientists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

16.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,130
10.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,462

61.8% of Agricultural & food scientists are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Agricultural & food scientists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Agricultural & food scientists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

80.3% of Agricultural & food scientists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.71% of Agricultural & food scientists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Agricultural & food scientists.

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Age by Sex

42.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.63
36.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.95

The median age of Agricultural & food scientists is 40.2, and Male employees are generally 5.51 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Agricultural & food scientists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Agricultural & food scientists is Agriculture but a relatively high number of Agricultural & food scientists hold a major in Agriculture.

Majors

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