Food Scientist Salary

Median pay for Food Scientists in the United States is around $58K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. For the most part, Food Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. There are more female Food Scientists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,220 - $81,503
$43K
$58K
$82K
MEDIAN: $58,114
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$14.87 - $25.71
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MEDIAN: $20.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$43,220 - $81,503  
   
Bonus
$5.00 - $8,179  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$40,661 - $82,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $25.71  
   
Overtime
$21.33 - $36.06  
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
$5.00 - $8,179  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$40,661 - $82,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Research & Development Manager. The latter position pays an average of $97K annually.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist


Food Scientists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Product Development, Food Process Engineering, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Food Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 326 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Food Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 46 salaries. A Food Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,140

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

With a pay rate for Food Scientists that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Cincinnati offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Food Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Portland (+10 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbus (15 percent lower) and Los Angeles (12 percent lower).

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
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries

▲40%

▲32%

▲15%

National Average
$57,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries



Food Process Engineering
▼0%

National Average
$57,000





Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 10%