Food Safety Director Salary

Close to two-thirds of Food Safety Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $51K to $161K per year, and the average comes out to $90K per year. Women Food Safety Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$50,135 - $144,482
MEDIAN: $90,240

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$50,135 - $144,482  
$14.79 - $25,415  
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$50,545 - $161,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Job Description for Food Safety Director

Large scale companies that create or process foods and food items are the typical employer of a food safety director. This upper level manager oversees all aspects of safe food handling, storage, and shipping for the company, ensuring that perishable items are kept safe for human consumption until the organization delivers the product. The food safety director likely works closely with a quality control department or manager, as well as with risk management personnel in this endeavor. The director is always mindful of the fact that unsafe food operations can not only be dangerous to consumers but also costly in terms of waste. This can also possibly create adverse marketing and branding conditions.


Food Safety Director Tasks

  • Communicate with regulatory agencies.
  • Investigate accidents and finalize risk mitigation plans in food safety, sanitation, and microbiology.
  • Lead long-term strategic direction of food safety.
  • Work with operations, loss prevention, human resources, and risk management to ensure consistency in policies and training.

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $56K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $84K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $116K. Food Safety Directors who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $99K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.


56 %
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 8%