Food Scientist Salary

A Food Scientist earns an average salary of $58,114 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
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$44,018 - $83,263
$44K
$59K
$83K
MEDIAN: $58,748
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$14.76 - $25.88
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MEDIAN: $20.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$44,018 - $83,263  
   
Bonus
$4.79 - $8,700  
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$41,084 - $85,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 395
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $25.88  
   
Overtime
$22.49 - $35.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$4.79 - $8,700  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$41,084 - $85,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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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

  • Design, execute, and interpret scientific experiments to develop and optimize products.
  • Understand plant equipment and processes to appropriately create solutions.
  • Research, identify, and implement new practices to reduce costs and improve quality.
  • Document specifications for materials, production, and finished products.

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Pay by Experience Level for Food Scientist

Pay by Experience for a Food Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 326 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 89 salaries. An experienced Food Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 46 salaries. A Food Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,745

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Food Scientist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Food Scientist

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries

▲38%

▲30%

▲14%

National Average
$58,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries



National Average
$58,000

Food Process Engineering
▼1%





Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 10%
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