Food Safety Director Salary

Food Safety Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little under three-quarters of Food Safety Directors. Pay fluctuates from $51K to $159K per year, but expected earnings average $90K annually. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Food Safety Directors (54 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Food Safety Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,531 - $140,482

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$50,531 - $140,482  
   
Bonus
$15.32 - $25,518  
Profit Sharing
$2,948 - $17,295  
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$51,034 - $158,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $84K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $113K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $101K.

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Experience Affects Food Safety Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$93,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 40%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 9%
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