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Food Scientist Salary

Earnings for Food Scientists in the United States come in at around $59K per year on average. In the world of Food Scientists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $84K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Food Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Food Scientists (62 percent) survey participants are women. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,960 - $81,045
(Median)
$42K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $58,970
10%
50%
90%

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$13.91 - $25.40
(Median)
$14
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,960 - $81,045  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,520  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,128  
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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$40,570 - $84,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 482
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $25.40  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $34.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,520  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,128  
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).
)
$40,570 - $84,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 do not often transition into Research & Development Manager roles. The role averages $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist


Survey results suggest that Food Scientists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel and Food Process Engineering. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $66K. On average, Food Scientists make $76K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $83K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%



National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$60,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Food Process Engineering
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%