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Every year, AgPro surveys managers at ag retail locations with sales agronomists and/or professional applicators. The Salary Survey keeps a tab on the compensation and benefits trends for these two key positions.
It seems like every time I talk to a retail manager, labor is a stressor.
The survey reflects this in a growing influence by other local competitor’s salaries driving others entry-level salaries. At least 75% of respondents say it’s a strong or minor influence.
Base salaries for both positions are on the rise. According to our survey, Applicator operators base pay is up $2,000 from 2017. Sales agronomists saw an even bigger climb—up almost $4,000.
65% of respondents offer bonuses to applicators----80% of respondents offer bonuses to sales agronomists.