Food Safety Director Salary

Food Safety Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $105K) surpassing six figures annually. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Food Safety Directors making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,316 - $158,649
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MEDIAN: $104,736
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$45,942 - $179,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Food Safety Directors. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $59K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $85K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $112K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $149K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Key Stats for Food Safety Director

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Food Safety Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲45%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$102,000

Mid-Career
▼17%

Entry-Level
▼43%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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