Median annual earnings of agricultural and food scientists were $48,670 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $35,770 and $65,990. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,750, and the
highest 10 percent earned more than $85,460.
The average Federal salary for employees in nonsupervisory, supervisory, and
managerial positions in 2003 was $82,729 in animal science and $68,846 in agronomy.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, beginning salary offers in 2003 for graduates with a bachelorís degree in animal sciences averaged $30,026 a year; plant sciences, $28,203 a year; and in other agricultural sciences, $29,971 a year.