Food Scientist Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, slightly more than half of Food Scientists report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $59,285 per year on average. Compensation starts at $40,324 and can reach $83,271 per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Female Food Scientists are more prevalent than men—61 percent of professionals in this field are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's 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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MEDIAN: $18.00
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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 (?
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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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As Food Scientists make advancements in their career path, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $38K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Research & Development (R&D) Manager.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist

Survey results suggest that Food Scientists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $53K; however, pay rises to approximately $65K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $77K. Salaries grow more slowly as Food Scientists approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $82K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. About two-thirds of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$59,000
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Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Food Scientists in Columbus receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other big spenders include Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Cincinnati, top-paying cities where Food Scientists see paychecks higher than average (+17 percent, +8 percent, +6 percent, and +5 percent).

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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries

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$59,000

Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries

Product Development
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$59,000
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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%