Agricultural and food science technicians
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Overview
Agricultural and food science technicians assist agricultural and food scientists by performing duties such as measuring and analyzing the quality of food and agricultural products.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for agricultural and food science technicians are expected to grow by 6%, and should have about 3,000 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Agricultural and food science technicians are more likely to be automated than 91% of other careers.
Workforce size
Agricultural and food science technicians, with 27,500 workers, form a smaller workforce than 65% of careers.
Education
Only 30% of agricultural and food science technicians have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by agricultural and food science technicians
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 62% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for agricultural and food science technicians. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most agricultural and food science technicians.
This job's median $41KAll jobs' median $39K$38K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 37% of agricultural and food science technicians -- that's a larger percentage than 51% of other jobs.
Gender of agricultural and food science technicians
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For agricultural and food science technicians, the median men's salary was 16% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 17% of agricultural and food science technicians are minority, and 14% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of agricultural and food science technicians
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (14%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Agricultural and Food Science Technicians per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 70% of agricultural and food science technicians, and 66% have company-sponsored health insurance (22% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for agricultural and food science technicians
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of agricultural and food science technicians who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (69%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (62%)
  • Consequence of Error (57%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (44%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (32%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do agricultural and food science technicians earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for agricultural and food science technicians, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for agricultural and food science technicians compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for agricultural and food science technicians (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all agricultural and food science technicians, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for agricultural and food science technicians compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for agricultural and food science technicians (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where agricultural and food science technicians work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Agricultural and food science technicians (ACS)
Private for-profit (80.0%)
Private not-for-profit (2.6%)
Local government (2.8%)
State government (5.1%)
Federal government (6.5%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.2%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.7%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of agricultural and food science technicians by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$44K$45K$53K$41K$32K$30K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of agricultural and food science technicians by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$41K$39K$41K$41K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000State governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for agricultural and food science technicians

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Agricultural and food science technicians and gender

With 37% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 51% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Agricultural and food science technicians
Men (63%)
Women (37%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for agricultural and food science technicians, with the median salary for men 16% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Agricultural and food science technicians have one of the middle percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job higher than that for 46% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of agricultural and food science technicians

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority agricultural and food science technicians than for 60% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of agricultural and food science technicians
White (79% )
Black (9% )
Asian (4% )
Other (4% )
Multiracial (3% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
14%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for agricultural and food science technicians by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for agricultural and food science technicians by nativity
$43K$45K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by agricultural and food science technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), agricultural and food science technicians typically hold a associate's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as agricultural and food science technicians as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for agricultural and food science technicians.

Education attained by agricultural and food science technicians
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for agricultural and food science technicians

Students interested in a career as an agricultural or food science technician should take as many high school science and math classes as possible. A solid background in applied chemistry, biology, physics, math, and statistics is important. Knowledge of how to use spreadsheets and databases also may be necessary.

Agricultural and food science technicians typically need an associate’s degree in biology, chemistry, crop or animal science, or a related field from an accredited college or university. Some agricultural and food science technician positions require a bachelor’s degree.

Students may take courses in biology, chemistry, plant or animal science, and agricultural engineering as part of their programs. Programs include technical instruction and hands-on experience. Many schools offer internships, cooperative-education, and other programs designed to provide practical experience and enhance employment prospects.

Some agricultural and food science technicians successfully enter the occupation with a high school diploma or equivalent, but they typically need related work experience and on-the-job training that may last a year or more.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for agricultural and food science technicians? Below we see the distribution of agricultural and food science technicians salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as agricultural and food science technicians, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$38K$46K$41K$45K$45K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (5%)High School (23%)Some College (29%)Associate's Degree (13%)Bachelor's Degree (25%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by agricultural and food science technicians

This table shows the college majors held by people working as agricultural and food science technicians. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Agricultural and food science technicians with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
19.0%
$0$200K$63K
5.9%
$0$200K$73K
5.0%
$0$200K$54K
3.5%
$0$200K$54K
3.2%
$0$200K$67K
3.1%
$0$200K$53K
3.0%
$0$200K$67K
2.0%
$0$200K$63K
1.8%
$0$200K$65K
1.7%
$0$200K$80K
1.5%
$0$200K$55K
1.5%
$0$200K$97K
1.3%
$0$200K$48K
1.3%
$0$200K$69K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as agricultural and food science technicians, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by agricultural and food science technicians given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Physicians and surgeonsPostsecondary teachersManagers (specialized areas)Elementary and middle school teachersDentistsRegistered nursesPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsChemists and materials scientistsChief executives and legislatorsVeterinariansAgricultural ManagersHealth Practitioner Support Technologists and TechniciansWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesAgricultural workers (specialized areas)Nonfarm animal caretakersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersRetail salespersonsAgricultural and food scientistsIndustrial production managersMarket research analysts and marketing specialistsDietitians and nutritionistsBusiness operations specialistsMarketing and sales managersGrounds maintenance workersCredit counselors and loan officersAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesEducation administratorsFirst-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workersBiological scientistsMedical and health services managersBiologyChemistryAnimal SciencesGeneral AgricultureFood ScienceAgriculture Production andManagementBusiness Management andAdministrationPsychologyPlant Science andAgronomyMicrobiologyAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for agricultural and food science technicians

What jobs will most agricultural and food science technicians hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of agricultural and food science technicians reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Agricultural and food science techniciansAgricultural workers (specialized areas)Health Practitioner Support Technologists and TechniciansIndustrial and refractory machinery mechanicsFood processing workersEngineering techniciansCompliance officersJanitors and building cleanersPostsecondary teachersScience techniciansAgricultural inspectorsDriver/sales workers and truck driversInspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighersPest control workersAccountants and auditorsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansProduction workersChemical techniciansMaintenance and repair workersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesFarm products purchasing agentsHand laborers and freight, stock, and material moversWaiters and waitressesFirst-line supervisors of production and operating workersFirst-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeepingworkersAgricultural product graders and sortersForest and conservation workersBiological scientistsAgricultural Managers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for agricultural and food science technicians

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 13 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as agricultural and food science technicians as well as 1% of respondents after working as agricultural and food science technicians. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for agricultural and food science technicians
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
376,900
$0$200K$41K
Postsecondary teachers
172,500
$0$200K$62K
Agricultural workers (specialized areas)
129,300
$0$200K$21K
Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
71,400
$0$200K$32K
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
59,500
$0$200K$53K
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
52,700
$0$200K$39K
Engineering technicians
40,100
$0$200K$54K
Production workers
37,400
$0$200K$32K
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics
33,200
$0$200K$50K
Compliance officers
26,000
$0$200K$65K
Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians
25,900
$0$200K$46K
Biological scientists
11,200
$0$200K$60K
Agricultural product graders and sorters
5,700
$0$200K$19K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for agricultural and food science technicians: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as agricultural and food science technicians? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of agricultural and food science technicians surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for agricultural and food science technicians
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
376,900
$0$200K$41K
2.0%
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
1.6%
Cooks
358,700
$0$200K$21K
2.0%
Stock clerks and order fillers
269,400
$0$200K$26K
2.5%
Grounds maintenance workers
191,100
$0$200K$23K
2.3%
Postsecondary teachers
172,500
$0$200K$62K
3.9%
Agricultural workers (specialized areas)
129,300
$0$200K$21K
2.6%
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
1.4%
Medical assistants
95,000
$0$200K$30K
1.8%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
1.6%
Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
71,400
$0$200K$32K
3.8%
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
62,800
$0$200K$38K
2.0%
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
59,500
$0$200K$53K
2.7%
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
52,700
$0$200K$39K
4.6%
Engineering technicians
40,100
$0$200K$54K
8.3%
Production workers
37,400
$0$200K$32K
1.2%
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics
33,200
$0$200K$50K
5.3%
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
31,000
$0$200K$53K
1.6%
Compliance officers
26,000
$0$200K$65K
1.9%
Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians
25,900
$0$200K$46K
1.4%
Read about agricultural and food science technicians
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Specific duties of these technicians vary with their specialty.

Agricultural science technicians typically do the following:

  • Follow protocols to collect, prepare, analyze, and properly store crop or animal samples
  • Operate farm equipment and maintain agricultural production areas to conform to scientific testing parameters
  • Examine animal and crop specimens to determine the presence of diseases or other problems
  • Measure ingredients used in animal feed and other inputs
  • Prepare and operate laboratory testing equipment
  • Compile and analyze test results
  • Prepare charts, presentations, and reports describing test results

Food science technicians typically do the following:

  • Collect and prepare samples in accordance with established procedures
  • Test food, food additives, and food containers to ensure that they comply with established safety standards
  • Help food scientists with food research, development, and quality control
  • Analyze chemical properties of food to determine ingredients and formulas
  • Compile and analyze test results
  • Prepare charts, presentations, and reports describing test results
  • Prepare and maintain quantities of chemicals needed to perform laboratory tests
  • Maintain a safe, sterile laboratory environment

Agricultural and food science technicians often specialize by subject area, which includes animal health, farm machinery, fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, or processing technology. Duties can vary considerably by specialization.

Agricultural science technicians typically study ways to increase the productivity of crops and animals. These workers may keep detailed records, collect samples for analyses, ensure that samples meet proper safety and quality standards, and test crops and animals for disease or to confirm the results of scientific experiments.

Food science technicians who work in manufacturing investigate new production or processing techniques. They also ensure that products will be fit for distribution or are produced as efficiently as expected. Many food science technicians spend time inspecting foodstuffs, chemicals, and additives to determine whether they are safe and have the proper combination of ingredients.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of agricultural and food science technicians? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Agricultural and food science technicians must conduct a variety of observations and on-site measurements, all of which require precision, accuracy, and math skills.
Communication skills
Agricultural and food science technicians must understand and give clear instructions, keep detailed records, and, occasionally, write reports.
Critical-thinking skills
Agricultural and food science technicians reach conclusions through sound reasoning and judgment. They determine how to improve food quality and must test products for a variety of safety standards.
Interpersonal skills
Agricultural and food science technicians need to work well with others. They may supervise agricultural and food processing workers and receive instruction from scientists or specialists, so effective communication is critical.
Physical stamina
Agricultural and food science technicians who work in manufacturing or agricultural settings may need to stand for long periods, lift objects, and generally perform physical labor.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for agricultural and food science technicians
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 62% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for agricultural and food science technicians. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for agricultural and food science technicians are anticipated to grow by 6% over the next decade; 57% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for agricultural and food science technicians is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most agricultural and food science technicians? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as agricultural and food science technicians. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Agricultural and Food Science Technicians per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where agricultural and food science technicians earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for agricultural and food science technicians compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for agricultural and food science technicians.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Agricultural and Food Science Technicians to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which agricultural and food science technicians earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Agricultural and food science technicians (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

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