Top Agriculture Jobs That Pay Well

Nowadays, it seems like the only jobs in agriculture are low-paying and backbreaking. But the truth is, there are plenty of high-paying jobs available in this sector! As long as you have some relevant education and experience, you can find some solid salaries and enjoy your job as well! 

Here are just a few of the highest paying jobs in agriculture that are worth pursuing. 

Agricultural managers

According to Simply Hired, agricultural managers, which include supervisors, dairy farm and dairy herd managers, livestock farm managers, animal breeders and consultants and crop farm managers, earn a median annual salary of $60,320. Top earners in the field make more than $93,360 per year. 

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that between 2014 and 2024 employment opportunities for agricultural managers will increase by 10 percent. Learn about some of these opportunities below

Animal breeders

$39,000 – $60,000: If you have a love of all things animal-related (especially dogs and cats) then consider a career as an animal breeder. Animal breeders take on all kinds of pets to ensure genetic diversity and to maintain high quality breeds. You may spend your days organizing adoption events for animals in need or consulting with pet owners about how to care for their animals properly.

Agricultural inspectors

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) reports that agricultural inspectors earned $57,040 in 2010. Although their base salary may not be extremely high, many agricultural inspectors also receive income from additional sources such as overtime pay, bonuses and commissions. The BLS notes that special skills are necessary for employment as an inspector, so it can take a few years to acquire enough experience to secure one of these jobs. Agricultural inspectors work for both private companies and government agencies.

Agricultural engineers

If you are an agricultural engineer, your job is to develop creative methods to increase food production and enhance efficiency within our agricultural system. 

As an engineer you will be in charge of designing new machinery to uu make farming more affordable, as well as coming up with ways that we can use materials at hand (such as those left over from manufacturing processes) in lieu of creating waste. Agricultural engineers may also do some farming themselves, but they are normally employed full-time by large firms or corporations.

Crop, nursery and greenhouse managers

These professionals oversee crop production and distribution. As of May 2015, the median salary for a Crop, nursery and greenhouse manager was $58,490 per year. At least a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or agronomy is typically required for entry-level positions with annual wages between $40,000 and $50,000. Experienced candidates can earn six figures based on geographic location and prior experience.

Field crop farm laborers

No degree, but you’ll need some experience in planting and harvesting. The median annual wage is around $25,000. Tractor operators: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for most tractor operator positions. You’ll also need to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Median pay for these jobs is about $30,000 per year.

Fishers and related fishing workers

Fishermen catch, trap, and gather wild animals and aquatic plants for human consumption or for sale as fish or shellfish products. The 2016 mean annual wage for such fishermen was $39,600. Median pay was $32,440. The median earning half of fisherman and related fishing workers earned between $27,590 and $45,210 annually. 10% of earners had less than $21,820 a year; 10% had more than $63,880.

Nursery workers

In general, nursery workers perform manual labor in planting and maintaining nurseries for propagation of flowers, turf, shrubs, and trees. Their work may involve raising a variety of plants or specializing in one type. Nursery workers care for young plants at all stages of development from seeds or cuttings to saplings to mature trees. They may cultivate soil and take measures to prevent plant diseases and insects or pests that might damage crops.

Soil and plant scientists

These professionals study plant growth and improvement, manage soil fertility and analyze seed quality to determine whether a seed sample is viable. According to Payscale, soil and plant scientists earned an average of $66,590 in May 2015. This number varies by state; for example, Washington’s soil and plant scientists earn $89,180 on average per year. This position requires at least a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or biology.


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