Approximately 1,050 people worked as agriculture teachers in Texas as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Texas ranked as having the most agriculture instructors of any state in the United States. Salaries for agricultural teachers in Texas varied widely among the state's metropolitan and rural areas.
The average salary for agricultural sciences teachers in Texas was $76,581 per year as of 2009, according to the Texas Workforce Informer. The entry-level wages for new agricultural sciences instructors in the state averaged $40,507 annually. The most experienced teachers in the specialty made an average of $94,618 per year. Some agricultural teachers work only eight or nine months out of the year and have their summers free for travel, research or other activities.
Comparison to National Wages
In May 2010, agricultural sciences instructors in Texas earned an average of $79,220 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. national average wages in the field were $81,760 annually, approximately 3 percent above the Texas average. Of the 30 states reported as being home to agricultural science teachers, Texas ranked as the 16th highest paying. Instructors in the state made nearly 30 percent less than those in the highest paying state, New Mexico, where salaries averaged $112,770 annually.
Salaries by City
With average annual salaries for agricultural teachers at $86,210, Amarillo ranked as the highest-paying city for instructors in the field, not just in Texas, but throughout the United States as of May 2010, explains the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Kileen, Temple and Fort Hood had the seventh-highest wages in the country at an average of $78,150 annually. Instructors working in Dallas, Irvine and Plano made an average of $65,180 per year, making them the 10th highest-paid in the country. The Dallas metro area and Amarillo tied as having the fourth highest population of agriculture teachers of any city in the United States.
Salaries by Rural Area
Rural eastern Texas was the highest-paying non-metropolitan area for agriculture teachers statewide as of May 2010, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries in the region averaged $88,540 annually. The rural Texas Gulf Coast area featured the fourth highest wages among the nation's rural areas at an average of $73,750 per year. Agricultural instructors in rural north central Texas made an average of $71,600 per year, making them the fifth highest-paid of those working in rural areas nationwide.