Food Safety Specialist Salary

Earnings for Food Safety Specialists in the United States come in at around $49K per year on average. More than half of Food Safety Specialists (60 percent) survey participants are women. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Food Safety Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,503 - $74,750
$35K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,995
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50%
90%

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$12.47 - $22.54
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,503 - $74,750  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $4,932  
Total Pay (?
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$30,887 - $68,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.47 - $22.54  
   
Overtime
$19.48 - $35.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $4,932  
   
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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$30,887 - $68,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

  • 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.
  • Implement management plans to correct areas of noncompliance.
  • Conduct workplace safety evaluations and identify areas of improvement.
  • Audit operations of related partners.

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Pay by Experience Level for Food Safety Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Food Safety Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Safety Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 67 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Safety Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 21 salaries. An experienced Food Safety Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 20 salaries. A Food Safety Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 11 salaries.

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Key Stats for Food Safety Specialist

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Experienced
▲33%

Late-Career
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲18%

National Average
$44,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Food Safety Specialist Salaries

haccp
▲13%

National Average
$44,000

Safety Compliance
▼2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 10%
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