Food Safety Specialist Salary

Median pay for Food Safety Specialists in the United States is around $51K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up a slight majority of Food Safety Specialists (57 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,897 - $74,624
(Median)
$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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Pay by Experience Level for Food Safety Specialist

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


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $44K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $51K. Food Safety Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $55K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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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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