Food Scientist Salary

Food Scientists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $59K annually. Cash earnings for Food Scientists — including $9K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $84K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Food Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Food Scientists who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13.98 - $25.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,324 - $81,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,071  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,152  
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$40,539 - $84,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 507
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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 - $9,071  
   
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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$40,539 - $84,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Many Food Scientists move into a Research & Development Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist


Food Scientists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 seem to negatively impact pay 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $67K. For Food Scientists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $77K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Food Scientists, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Food Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+14 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (18 percent less) and Atlanta (10 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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National Average
$60,000

Microsoft Office
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Project Management
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Food Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

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