A Food Scientist earns an average salary of $56,908 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Food Scientist Total Pay (?
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$40,341 - $80,100
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69K
80K
MEDIAN: $56,908
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Food Scientist Total Pay (?
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$13.08 - $26.19
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,341 - $80,100  
   
Bonus
$4.79 - $8,260  
Profit Sharing
$2.80 - $4,848  
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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$39,015 - $83,038  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 532
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $26.19  
   
Overtime
$22.00 - $33.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$4.79 - $8,260  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.80 - $4,848  
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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$39,015 - $83,038  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 532
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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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Food Scientist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Chicago
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$57,000
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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%
National Average
$57,000

Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%
Product Development
up arrow 3%
Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$57,000
Microsoft Excel
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Gender
Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%
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