Salary Survey 2013
To get a better idea of how much an applicator’s base salary changed, or the average wage increase, in one year, we asked what percentage their salaries had changed. The results showed that 23 percent had no change in salary, but 76.8 percent said they had a raise. And a mere 0.3 percent indicated the base salary had decreased for applicators in the past year. Of those that indicated a pay increase, we found that 36.6 percent indicated an increase of between 1 percent and 3 percent, 25.7 said the salary had increased between 4 percent and 6 percent and 10.7 percent indicated the base salary had increased between 7 percent and 10 percent. Only 3.8 percent indicated that pay increased more than 11 percent in the past year.
In addition to base compensation, we wanted to get an idea what influences may impact how companies set the base salary for applicators. So, we asked how much competitors’ entry level salaries influenced the base salary offered for applicators. Competitors’ salaries had a strong influence for 30.4 percent, but 50.1 percent said it only had a minor influence. Thirteen percent said there was no influence and 6.5 percent said competitors’ salaries were not applicable to setting their base salaries.
In determining what attracts a potential applicator or agronomist candidate to a company, we asked if companies thought the benefit package they offered influenced a candidate’s decision to choose that company to work for. Interestingly, 61.6 percent said they believed the dollar value of the benefits package they offered was a strong influence on a candidate’s decision to work for a company. Only 35.5 percent said it was a minor influence, while 2.9 percent said it was no influence at all.
A high school education remains the top answer for the minimum level of education necessary for an entry level applicator. Sixty-seven percent said a high school degree was necessary to be hired as an entry level applicator. No requirement was necessary for 19.2 percent of respondents. Only 5.1 percent required some college, 5.7 percent required an associate’s or tech degree and 1.1 percent required a bachelor’s degree.
In past surveys, many had indicated that more education equated to a higher salary for an applicator. This year we asked if more education for an entry level applicator equated to a higher salary. Only 38.8 percent said yes, while 55.3 percent said no. For those that indicated more education did bring more pay, we asked how much additional salary more education earned an applicator on average. Answers ranged from $500 to $20,000. The average amount that education increased salary was $4,885. The highest percentage of responses (33 percent) indicated that more education and extra knowledge earned the entry-level applicator $4,000 more.