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Soil Scientist - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Soil Scientist"

How much does a Soil Scientist in the federal government get paid? $92,182.73* *Based on the 2021 average.

Soil Scientist was the 184th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 802 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Natural Resources Conservation Service hired the most employees titled Soil Science, with an average salary of $85,744.

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 545 $85,743.52
Agricultural Research Service 126 $125,546.37
Forest Service 102 $83,839.43
Bureau of Land Management 16 $82,167.38
Geological Survey 5 $122,674.40
Environmental Protection Agency 4 $135,311.00
Indian Affairs 2 $95,856.50
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 2 $84,432.50

Soil Scientist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Soil Scientist is $92,182.73. The highest paid Soil Scientist made $186,964 in 2021.

Common Soil Scientist Payscales

Payscale Number of Soil Science Employees
GS - General Schedule 796
ST - Scientific And Professional 5
ES - Senior Executive Service 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

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
Plant Protection TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Industrial SpecialistAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Social Insurance AdministrationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Human Resources ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Pathology TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Soil Science Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Soil Scientist was $66,670. Since then, the average pay has increased to $92,183 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0470.

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