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Food Safety Director Salary

Generous salaries abound for Food Safety Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($105K) per year. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$49,780 - $142,454
(Median)
$50K
$96K
$140K
MEDIAN: $95,639
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Salary
$49,780 - $142,454  
   
Bonus
$1,965 - $25,173  
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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$43,278 - $159,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 71
United States (change)

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 $52K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $104K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $117K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $111K.

Experience Affects Food Safety Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$105,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 5%