Agricultural consultants are agricultural professionals that advise farmers on how to increase output and productivity. Animal scientists, food scientists, and even soil and plant experts may work as agricultural advisors. Agriculture, food, soil, and plant scientists made up 37,400 of America’s employment in 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Agricultural consultants’ salaries vary depending on their sector of expertise as well as where they work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, animal scientists in the consulting area earned an average annual income of $97,740 in 2020. This was much greater than the average wage for other animal scientists, who earned $74,540 per year on average. The average salary for food scientists in the agricultural consulting profession was $78,230 per year, compared to $65,380 for all food scientists. Soil and plant consultants made an average of $54,050 per year, the only consultants earning less than the national average of $62,600 per year in their sector.
The pay scale for each kind of agricultural consulting varies as well. Soil and plant scientists earned an average of $66,120 per year in 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food scientists earned an average of 73,450 dollars per year. The average income for animal scientists was $63,490.
The location may also give you an idea of how much money an agricultural consultant can expect to earn. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, animal scientists in Texas earned an average of $59,180 per year in 2020, while the highest-paid animal scientists in Maryland earned $100,700 per year. Maryland also has the highest-paid soil and plant scientists, with an average annual pay of $88,540. Working in Hawaii, the highest-paid food scientists earned $100,930 per year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, consulting will be the fastest expanding industry to work in during the next decade, from 2020 to 2030. According to the bureau, the number of consultancy jobs will increase by 83 percent throughout this time period. To compete in the global market, many businesses, including those in agriculture, will seek professional advice.
2020 Salary Information for Agricultural and Food Scientists
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, agricultural and food scientists earned median annual pay of $68,830 in May 2020. A 10th percentile salary of $118,830 was earned by agriculture and food scientists, implying that 90% of them earned more. The salary for the 90th percentile is $39,280, which means that 10% of people make more. In 2020, 37,400 people were hired as agricultural and food scientists in the US.