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Soil Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2017

Pay Rates for "Soil Scientist"

How much does a Soil Scientist in the federal government get paid? $88,694.65* *Based on the 2017 average.
855 EMPLOYEES
$75.66M TOTAL SALARY
GS MOST COMMON PAYSCALE

Soil Scientist was the 184th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2017, with 855 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2017, the Natural Resources Conservation Service hired the most employees titled Soil Science, with an average salary of $83,628.

Government Soil Science jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Soil Science job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Soil Scientist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Natural Resources Conservation Service 565 $83,628.28
Agricultural Research Service 129 $120,842.54
Forest Service 128 $79,113.55
Bureau of Land Management 14 $75,835.43
Environmental Protection Agency 5 $125,984.00
Geological Survey 5 $98,389.60
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 3 $80,982.33
Indian Affairs 3 $78,224.67
Bureau of Reclamation 2 $93,821.00
National Park Service 1 $84,197.00

Soil Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Soil Scientist is $88,694.65. The highest paid Soil Scientist made $179,966 in 2017.

Common Soil Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Soil Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 850
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
ZZ - Nonapplicable 1
ES - Senior Executive Service 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1

Starting Paygrade: $32,264.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $136,659.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific
Occupation Family: 0400 NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Soil Science jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
ZoologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Agricultural MarketingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
ArcheologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Equal Employment OpportunityAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Medical TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Soil Science Pay Trend from 2004 to 2017

In 2004, the average pay for a Soil Scientist was $66,670. Since then, the average pay has increased to $88,695 in 2017.


Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0470.

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