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Food Safety Director Salary

Food Safety Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent between two-thirds and three-fourths of Food Safety Directors. Salaries average out to around $91K per year and spread from $49K to $159K per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Women Food Safety Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$50,664 - $139,493
(Median)
$51K
$91K
$140K
MEDIAN: $90,846
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,664 - $139,493  
   
Bonus
$257.50 - $25,452  
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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$49,176 - $158,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82

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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $88K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $115K. For some reason, Food Safety Directors with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $108K.

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Experience Affects Food Safety Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$97,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 44%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 7%
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