Food Safety Specialist Salary

Earnings for Food Safety Specialists in the United States come in at around $51K annually on average. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women Food Safety Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,295 - $75,153

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$10.04 - $29.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,295 - $75,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,737  
Total Pay (?
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$32,082 - $75,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $29.03  
   
Overtime
$17.56 - $32.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,737  
   
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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$32,082 - $75,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Survey takers who work as Food Safety Specialists typically report just a few professional 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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $46K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $51K. Food Safety Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $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 8%

Skills That Affect Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%
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