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Agricultural Consultants

Earnings

The earnings of agricultural consultants vary from state to state and from county to county. Most USDA professionals start out at the GS-5 level (government pay grade), which in 2019 ranged between $29,350 and $38,152 annually, depending on education and experience. Agricultural consultants then move up through the government pay grades, earning more. The GS-9 level, for example, had a starting base pay of $44,471 in 2019. With some years of experience with the USDA, and with additional education, consultants can advance to GS-14, which in 2019 paid between $90,621 and $117,810 a year. Most consultants are eligible for other benefits such as paid vacations and sick days, health insurance, and pension plans.

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