Food Safety Specialists in the United States take home approximately $49K per year on average. Food Safety Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 69 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$35,357 - $77,185
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $48,994
10%
50%
90%

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$12.08 - $21.87
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,357 - $77,185  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $5,463  
Total Pay (?
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$31,685 - $74,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $21.87  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $37.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $5,463  
   
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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$31,685 - $74,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $43K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $45K. Food Safety Specialists see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Food Safety Specialist Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 5%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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