Food Safety Specialist Salary

Median pay for Food Safety Specialists in the United States is around $51K per year. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,897 - $74,624
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$35K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,781
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$10.47 - $26.50
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$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,897 - $74,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,666  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$31,412 - $73,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.47 - $26.50  
   
Overtime
$8.00 - $43.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,666  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$31,412 - $73,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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

  • 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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Food Safety Specialists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Safety Compliance and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Safety Specialist

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $44K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food Safety Specialists make a median salary of $65K. For some reason, Food Safety Specialists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $55K.

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Experience Affects Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 5%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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