Median pay for Food Scientists in the United States is around $58K annually. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the particular employer are driving factors as well. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female Food Scientists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$43,214 - $80,679
$43K
$58K
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MEDIAN: $58,196
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$14.91 - $26.06
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MEDIAN: $20.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$43,214 - $80,679  
   
Bonus
$275.00 - $8,050  
Profit Sharing
$4,400  
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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$40,582 - $82,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $26.06  
   
Overtime
$21.51 - $40.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$275.00 - $8,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,400  
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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$40,582 - $82,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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. An agricultural food scientist works with farmers on a variety of tasks, including soil analysis, and provides advice about crop growth.

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Food Scientist Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Food Scientist


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Food Scientists who go on to become Research & Development Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Research & Development Managers is $97K annually.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist


Survey results show that Food Scientists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Project Management, Food Process Engineering, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Scientist

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


For Food Scientists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $66K. On average, Food Scientists make $75K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,392

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Food Scientists, working in the bustling city of Cincinnati has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Food Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+31 percent), Boston (+27 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). Food Scientists in New York make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Los Angeles (18 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Food Scientist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Food Scientist?

Food Scientist in Grand Rapids:
Pros: The opportunity to work on an array of products with different applications. I have a broad exposure to the food science world.
Cons: The company is mismanaged, money is not properly handled, people are given positions they are not qualified for.

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Key Stats for Food Scientist

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
057
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries




Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$57,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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