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In April 2016, reported the average salary for botanists was $63,841. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that plant and soil scientists made median annual salaries of $60,050 a year in May 2015. Salaries ranged from less than $35,770 for the bottom 10 percent to $105,390 or more for the top 10 percent of all plant and soil scientists.  Plant and soil scientists working for the federal government earned average salaries of $81,950.

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