Food Safety Specialist Salary

Average Food Safety Specialists in the United States make around $51K annually. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,976 - $73,049
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,804
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$10.34 - $29.39
(Median)
$10
$16
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,976 - $73,049  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,589  
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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$32,010 - $72,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $29.39  
   
Overtime
$19.45 - $36.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,589  
   
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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$32,010 - $72,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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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Typical Food Safety Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Safety Compliance and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Safety Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $47K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $51K. Food Safety Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $58K.

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Experience Affects Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 12%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%