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Food Scientist Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, a little over a half of Food Scientists report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $58K annually. In the world of Food Scientists, total cash compensation can vary between $40K and $83K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $5K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by women, 61 percent of Food Scientists are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Food Scientist Salary (?
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$41,420 - $79,971
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MEDIAN: $58,453
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Food Scientist Salary (?
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$14.29 - $25.40
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$41,420 - $79,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,457  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,152  
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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$40,324 - $83,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 471
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $25.40  
   
Overtime
$21.82 - $33.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,457  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,152  
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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$40,324 - $83,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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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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, Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel. Most people 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.
Food Scientists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $75K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $82K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$59,000
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With a pay rate for Food Scientists that is 18 percent greater than the national average, Columbus offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Food Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Cincinnati (+5 percent).

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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries

Product Development
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Project Management
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National Average
$59,000
Microsoft Word
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Food Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%