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Food Safety Specialist Salary (United States)

A Food Safety Specialist earns an average salary of $50,531 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Food Safety Specialist Salary (?
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$34,063 - $71,492
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MEDIAN: $50,530
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Food Safety Specialist Salary (?
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$10.30 - $31.41
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,063 - $71,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
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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$31,283 - $71,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $31.41  
   
Overtime
$19.12 - $27.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
   
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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$31,283 - $71,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Job Description for Food Safety Specialist

A food safety specialist, commonly known as a "food inspector," is responsible for assessing and monitoring food quality and safety for the public. These specialists may work in a variety of environments, including food labs, offices, restaurants, grocery stores, and places where food is manufactured.
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Food Safety Specialist Tasks
  • Conduct workplace safety evaluations and identify areas of improvement.
  • Audit operations of related partners.
  • Implement management plans to correct areas of noncompliance.
  • Work with individual growers, vendors, suppliers, harvesters, transporters, and cooling and storage operators to provide technical support and verify compliance with food safety practices.
  • Provide management with summaries and trend analysis of food safety tests.

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Pay by Experience Level for Food Safety Specialist

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Experience Affects Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 34%
Late-Career
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$50,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 18%