Food Scientist Salary (United States)

More than half of Food Scientists are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $59,285 per year. Pay starts at $40,324 and can approach $83,271 per year on the higher side. Overall cash allowance—including $8,457 bonuses and $5,152 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $41,420 and $79,971. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a majority earn vision coverage. Most Food Scientists (61 percent) are women. Job satisfaction for Food Scientists is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Food Scientist Salary (?
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$41,420 - $79,971
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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For Food Scientists, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a Research & Development (R&D) Manager will earn an extra $38K annually than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist

Food Scientists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of 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 but not all Food Scientists, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. At career start, salaries are typically $53K, which grows to $65K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $77K. As Food Scientists reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. More than half 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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For Food Scientists, Columbus provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Cincinnati, where Food Scientists typically earn around 17 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent more than usual.

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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%
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