Food Safety Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent about three-fifths of Food Safety Directors. Salaries average out to around $87K per year and spread from $43K to $173K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Food Safety Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Food Safety Directors making up 58 percent of survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$48,722 - $149,828
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MEDIAN: $86,941
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$48,722 - $149,828  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $33,975  
Total Pay (?
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$42,775 - $172,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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Hourly Rate
$21.13  
   
Overtime
$31.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$489.36 - $33,975  
   
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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$42,775 - $172,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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.


For many Food Safety Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $75K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $101K. Food Safety Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $131K.

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Experience Affects Food Safety Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$88,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Entry-Level
up arrow 39%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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