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Food Safety Director Salary

Food Safety Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $49K to $161K per year, median earnings come to $92K per year. Job satisfaction for Food Safety Directors is high. Women make up a slight majority of Food Safety Directors (53 percent) survey respondents. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$51,260 - $140,380
(Median)
$51K
$92K
$140K
MEDIAN: $92,344
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Salary
$51,260 - $140,380  
   
Bonus
$15.32 - $25,436  
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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$48,656 - $160,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78

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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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $54K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $85K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $116K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $108K.

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Experience Affects Food Safety Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$98,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 45%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 6%