Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 1,500 people employed as agricultural engineers in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $84,400.
Entry level employees earn approximately $51,160 per year and senior employees earn approximately $166,620
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Prepare reports, sketches, working drawings, specifications, proposals, and budgets for proposed sites or systems.
- Discuss plans with clients, contractors, consultants, and other engineers so that they can be evaluated and necessary changes made.
- Meet with clients, such as district or regional councils, farmers, and developers, to discuss their needs.
- Provide advice on water quality and issues related to pollution management, river control, and ground and surface water resources.
- Plan and direct construction of rural electric-power distribution systems, and irrigation, drainage, and flood control systems for soil and water conservation.
- Design agricultural machinery components and equipment, using computer-aided design (CAD) technology.
- Test agricultural machinery and equipment to ensure adequate performance.
- Design food processing plants and related mechanical systems.
- Visit sites to observe environmental problems, to consult with contractors, or to monitor construction activities.
- Design structures for crop storage, animal shelter and loading, and animal and crop processing, and supervise their construction.
- Design and supervise environmental and land reclamation projects in agriculture and related industries.
- Design sensing, measuring, and recording devices, and other instrumentation used to study plant or animal life.
- Conduct educational programs that provide farmers or farm cooperative members with information that can help them improve agricultural productivity.
- Supervise food processing or manufacturing plant operations.