Food Safety Specialist Salary

Food Safety Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $51K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Food Safety Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$35,243 - $75,383
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,887
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90%

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$10.01 - $29.20
(Median)
$10
$15
$29
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,243 - $75,383  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,453  
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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$31,961 - $75,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $29.20  
   
Overtime
$17.56 - $32.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,453  
   
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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$31,961 - $75,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Food Safety Specialists who took the survey. 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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $52K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $46K. Food Safety Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $58K on average.

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Experience Affects Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 11%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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