Food Scientist Salary

Food Scientists in the United States pull down an average of $59K annually. Overall cash earnings for Food Scientists stretch from $41K on the lower end to $84K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $9K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Food Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Food Scientists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 61 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,327 - $81,442
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$42K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,351
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$13.98 - $25.43
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,327 - $81,442  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,051  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,152  
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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$40,598 - $84,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 514
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.98 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$15.15 - $38.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,051  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,152  
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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$40,598 - $84,188  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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Job Description for Food Scientist

Food scientists perform a variety of tasks related to the production, testing, and consumption of food. They may work in quality assurance within a production facility, testing for levels of various nutrients and the presence or absence of microbes (which are essential to proper nutritional labeling and food safety). Food scientists may perform routine checks of the product throughout the production process to verify the finished product is prepared correctly. Some food scientists may even develop new techniques to improve and streamline the production process or create new, improved packaging uniquely suited to the product.

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Food Scientist Tasks

  • Research, identify, and implement new practices to reduce costs and improve quality.
  • Document specifications for materials, production, and finished products.
  • Design, execute, and interpret scientific experiments to develop and optimize products.
  • Understand plant equipment and processes to appropriately create solutions.

Common Career Paths for Food Scientist


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Food Scientists who move on to become Research & Development Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Research & Development Managers get paid an average of $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Windows Operating System General Use, Product Development, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Food Process Engineering. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office and Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Scientist

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


Food Scientists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $67K. Food Scientists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $77K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $82K.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Food Scientists, 30 percent higher than the national average. Food Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+10 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), and Cincinnati (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (17 percent less) and Atlanta (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries

Windows Operating System General Use
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Product Development
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Project Management
0%

National Average
$60,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Food Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%
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