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Food Safety Director Salary (United States)

Food Safety Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $108K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to the vast majority, and most earn dental coverage. Women Food Safety Directors just slightly outnumber men. Most Food Safety Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Food Safety Director Salary (?
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$50,207 - $145,018
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$50,207 - $145,018  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $25,269  
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $17,295  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$46,540 - $158,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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.
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Food Safety Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The relatively untested earn a median of $52K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $114K. Food Safety Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $119K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $111K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a little more than half of respondents fall in this range.
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Experience Affects Food Safety Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
Late-Career
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National Average
$108,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 6%