Salary Survey 2013
The fourteenth annual Salary Survey was redesigned for 2013 and new information was collected. The survey focused on salaries for applicators and agronomists this year, but new questions were added to reveal insights as to what influences the base salaries companies offer.
The survey remains informal and is sent to agronomy department managers, agronomy assistant managers, general managers, assistant managers, location managers and operation managers. Respondents change from year to year and no data is kept to identify if a respondent replies from one year to the next. Although data from one year to the next cannot be exactly compared because different respondents are used each year, trends can be gleaned.
Like most years, a majority of the respondents who took the survey indicated they were in Midwestern states. Nearly 69 percent of the respondents said they were located in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The largest percentage of respondents (13.8 percent) indicated they were located in Iowa. This year, we had more respondents than ever before.
APPLICATOR SALARY TRENDS
Because not all retail facilities do custom application, we asked respondents to indicate if they employed full-time applicators. A total of 89.9 percent hired full-time applicators. We also asked how many full-time applicators they employed and answers ranged from one to 750, which demonstrates that respondents ranged in size from small, local dealerships to large regional and national dealerships. Because of the wide range in answers, the average number of applicators employed per company was 13.3. However, the largest percentage (64.4 percent) hired only one to six applicators.
In years past, AgProfessional asked respondents to identify the salary of the top applicator. In this year’s survey, we asked respondents to provide the base salary of the company’s entry-level, full-time applicator/machine operator. Only 67.8 percent indicated they provided a base compensation plan for entry-level applicators. From this new questioning, the average entry level, full-time applicator/machine operator earned $34,225.
In 2012, the average salary for the top applicator was $42,312 we didn’t ask for a base salary. In this year’s survey, salaries for a full-time, entry-level applicator ranged from $20,000 to $65,000 compared with $25,000 to $65,000 in the 2012 Salary Survey.