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Food Scientist Salary

Food Scientists in the United States take home an average $59K annually. Total cash compensation for Food Scientists runs from $41K to $84K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $9K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Food Scientists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Food Scientists (61 percent) who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,566 - $81,049
(Median)
$43K
$59K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,400
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90%

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$13.85 - $26.38
(Median)
$14
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$42,566 - $81,049  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,592  
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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$40,740 - $84,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 511
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $26.38  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $38.93  
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.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,592  
   
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).
)
$40,740 - $84,030  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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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Though some Food Scientists move into positions like Research & Development Manager (where the average salary is $97K), this progression is not the norm.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist


Food Scientists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Windows Operating System General Use, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. 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.


For many Food Scientists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $54K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $67K. Food Scientists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $81K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Food Scientists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Food Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+8 percent) and Minneapolis (+7 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Columbus and Omaha are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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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

Product Development
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Microsoft Office
0%

Project Management
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$60,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Food Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%