Food Safety Specialists in the United States take home an average $50K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Food Safety Specialists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (63 percent) are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,234 - $76,489
$35K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,764
10%
50%
90%

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$12.31 - $22.22
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.23
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,234 - $76,489  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $6,302  
Total Pay (?
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$31,384 - $74,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $22.22  
   
Overtime
$19.42 - $37.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $6,302  
   
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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$31,384 - $74,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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 beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $55K on average.

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Key Stats for Food Safety Specialist

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Food Safety Specialist Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 8%

National Average
$45,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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