A Food Scientist earns an average salary of $58,224 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$43,144 - $81,714
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$43K
$58K
$82K
MEDIAN: $58,223
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$14.47 - $25.92
(Median)
$14
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$43,144 - $81,714  
   
Bonus
$297.99 - $7,248  
Profit Sharing
$3,354  
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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$40,159 - $82,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 389
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $25.92  
   
Overtime
$15.89 - $40.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$297.99 - $7,248  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,354  
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).
)
$40,159 - $82,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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. An agricultural food scientist works with farmers on a variety of tasks, including soil analysis, and provides advice about crop growth.

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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 Difference by Location

National Average: $57,404

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Food Scientist Reviews

What is it like working as a Food Scientist?

Food Scientist in Grand Rapids:
Pros: The opportunity to work on an array of products with different applications. I have a broad exposure to the food science world.
Cons: The company is mismanaged, money is not properly handled, people are given positions they are not qualified for.

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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries

Product Development
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Food Process Engineering
0%

National Average
$57,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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