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Engineering: Biological and Agricultural Focus

Katie Schenk - January 21, 2020

Agricultural and biological engineering

How much do biological and agricultural engineers earn in the US?

According to Recruiter.com, Agricultural Engineers earn between $56,000 and $84,000. Meanwhile, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) puts the 2018 median pay at $77,110. 

The industries with the highest median salaries for biological and agricultural engineers in 2018 were: 

  • Federal Executive Branch: $91,620
  • Scientific Research and Development Services: $89,720
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods: $85,430
  • Local Government (excluding schools and hospitals): $84,430
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services: $83,040

Where do biological and agricultural engineers work in the US?

In case you’re wondering as you browse the employers that recruit MS and ME engineers on university campuses, the states employing the highest numbers of agricultural engineers are:

  • California
  • Iowa
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Texas

That might help you determine the best programme for your studies as you consider some of the top schools below.

Top agricultural and biological engineering masters programmes in the US

Want to learn more about the top MS and Meng biological and agricultural engineering programmes in the US? Take a look at their rankings, degrees, estimated cost of attendance and the companies recruiting on their campuses. 

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR biological department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,908
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Iowa State University - College of Engineering

Ames, Iowa | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 41
  • USNWR biological department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,902
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Cornell University - College of Engineering

Ithaca, New York| Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 14
  • USNWR biological department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $86,876
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biological and Environmental Engineering (M.S.BEE)
    • Master of Engineering in Biological and Environmental Engineering (M.Eng.BEE)
  • Offers spring admissions.

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 15
  • USNWR biological department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $40,672
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Texas A&M graduates.

University of California ​Davis - College of Engineering

Davis (Sacramento), California | West

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR biological department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $53,082
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biological Systems Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Biological Systems Engineering

University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Gainesville, Florida | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 45
  • USNWR biological department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $48,234
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

University of Illinois Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois | Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 10
  • USNWR biological department rank: 7
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,134
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Bioengineering
    • Master of Engineering in Bioengineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Illinois graduates.

North Carolina State University - College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina| South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 24
  • USNWR biological department rank: 8
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,473
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting NC State graduates.

Ohio State University - College of Engineering

Columbus, Ohio | Midwest

Virginia Tech - College of Engineering

Blacksburg, Virginia | South

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR biological department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $46,050
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Biological Systems Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Biological Systems Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.
  • Take a look at companies recruiting Virginia Tech graduates.

Pennsylvania State University University Park - College of Engineering

University Park, Pennsylvania | Northeast

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 35
  • USNWR biological department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $54,000
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Offers spring admissions.

Northwestern University - Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering

Evanston (Chicago), Illinois| Midwest

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 20
  • USNWR biological department rank: 31
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $83,098
  • Degrees available
    • Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Found the biological engineering programme you want to attend?

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Post updated for accuracy and freshness on January 21, 2020. Originally published on September 14, 2017.


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