Food Safety Director Salary

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Food Safety Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Food Safety Directors is $90K annually and can range from $53K on the lower end to $164K per year near the higher end. Women make up a slight majority of Food Safety Directors (55 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Most Food Safety Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,797 - $145,592
(Median)
$51K
$90K
$150K
MEDIAN: $90,212
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Bonus
$489.36 - $25,378  
Profit Sharing
$9,000  
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$52,719 - $163,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $57K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $84K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $113K on average. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $101K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Food Safety Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$96,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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