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Working as an Extension Agent

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an extension agent. For example, did you know that they make an average of $27.18 an hour? That's $56,526 a year!

What Does an Extension Agent Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an extension agent, we found that a lot of resumes listed 28.9% of extension agents included educational programs, while 10.9% of resumes included consumer sciences, and 6.7% of resumes included natural resources. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become an Extension Agent

If you're interested in becoming an extension agent, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 44.7% of extension agents have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 45.1% of extension agents have master's degrees. Even though most extension agents have a college degree, it's impossible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an extension agent. When we researched the most common majors for an extension agent, we found that they most commonly earn master's degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on extension agent resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an extension agent. In fact, many extension agent jobs require experience in a role such as internship. Meanwhile, many extension agents also have previous career experience in roles such as research assistant or volunteer.

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Average Salary for an Extension Agent

Extension Agents in America make an average salary of $56,526 per year or $27 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $98,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $32,000 per year.
Average Salary
$56,526

Best Paying Cities

Average Salary
Salary Range44k - 107k$69k$69,154
Salary Range44k - 101k$67k$66,995
Salary Range40k - 101k$64k$64,227
Salary Range36k - 90k$58k$57,514
Salary Range41k - 67k$53k$53,072
Salary Range32k - 83k$52k$52,405
$24k
$107k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Extension Agent (CED, Harris County)
Extension Agent (CED, Harris County)
The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System
10/09/2020
10/09/2020
$41,00010/09/2020
$41,000
Extension Agent (CED, Harris County)
Extension Agent (CED, Harris County)
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University
10/08/2020
10/08/2020
$41,00010/08/2020
$41,000
Extension Agent I
Extension Agent I
Mississippi State University (Ms)
Mississippi State University (Ms)
09/05/2020
09/05/2020
$43,46409/05/2020
$43,464
Urban Regional Extension Agent, Urban AG and Natural Resources, Jefferson and Tuscaloosa County-ALA
Urban Regional Extension Agent, Urban AG and Natural Resources, Jefferson and Tuscaloosa County-ALA
Alabama A&M University
Alabama A&M University
08/20/2020
08/20/2020
$39,15108/20/2020
$39,151
Extension Agent (Agnr, Hidalgo County)
Extension Agent (Agnr, Hidalgo County)
The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System
08/05/2020
08/05/2020
$38,33808/05/2020
$38,338
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Extension Agent Demographics

Gender

female

54.5%

male

40.1%

unknown

5.4%

Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

13.1%

Foreign Languages Spoken

French

34.8%

Spanish

34.8%

Swahili

3.4%
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Extension Agent Education

Degrees

Masters

45.1%

Bachelors

44.7%

Certificate

3.8%

Top Colleges for Extension Agents

1. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Tuition and fees
$55,188
Enrollment
15,105

2. University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Tuition and fees
$11,830
Enrollment
29,474

3. University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, WI

Tuition and fees
$10,555
Enrollment
30,360

4. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

Tuition and fees
$9,992
Enrollment
33,495

5. University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, MD

Tuition and fees
$10,595
Enrollment
30,184

6. Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Tuition and fees
$10,726
Enrollment
45,769

7. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

Tuition and fees
$9,816
Enrollment
21,047

8. North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

Tuition and fees
$9,101
Enrollment
23,708

9. University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

Tuition and fees
$9,242
Enrollment
20,592

10. Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Tuition and fees
$9,080
Enrollment
30,795
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Entry Level Jobs For Becoming An Extension Agent

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Top Skills For an Extension Agent

  • Educational Programs, 28.9%
  • Consumer Sciences, 10.9%
  • Natural Resources, 6.7%
  • Community Development, 5.0%
  • Food Security, 3.6%
  • Other Skills, 44.9%
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Best States For an Extension Agent

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as an extension agent. The best states for people in this position are Alaska, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. Extension agents make the most in Alaska with an average salary of $107,331. Whereas in New Jersey and New York, they would average $84,746 and $84,365, respectively. While extension agents would only make an average of $74,950 in Rhode Island, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. New York

Total Extension Agent Jobs:
23
Highest 10% Earn:
$165,000
Location Quotient:
1.63
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Texas

Total Extension Agent Jobs:
46
Highest 10% Earn:
$145,000
Location Quotient:
2.16
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Alaska

Total Extension Agent Jobs:
0
Highest 10% Earn:
$156,000
Location Quotient:
0
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Extension Agent Employers

1. Peace Corps
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$43,309
Extension Agents Hired: 
95+
2. University of Florida
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$49,936
Extension Agents Hired: 
32+
3. South Carolina Technical College System
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$42,949
Extension Agents Hired: 
6+
4. University of Tennessee
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$45,949
Extension Agents Hired: 
6+
5. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$43,245
Extension Agents Hired: 
5+
6. University of Georgia
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$44,938
Extension Agents Hired: 
5+

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Updated October 2, 2020