Food Scientist Salary

Median pay for Food Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $60K annually. Cash earnings for Food Scientists — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $85K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Food Scientists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$42,716 - $82,184
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$43K
$60K
$82K
MEDIAN: $59,833
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$14.49 - $26.06
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,716 - $82,184  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,344  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $6,183  
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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$40,525 - $84,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 562
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $26.06  
   
Overtime
$15.47 - $38.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,344  
   
Profit Sharing
$679 - $6,183  
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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$40,525 - $84,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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.

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 report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Project Management, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Food Process Engineering. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Scientist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Food Scientists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $54K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $68K. Food Scientists bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,998

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With a pay rate for Food Scientists that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Food Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+14 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), Cincinnati (+9 percent), and Minneapolis (+8 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Grand Rapids is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (15 percent lower) and Columbus (14 percent lower).

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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
$60,000


Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries

Product Development
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National Average
$60,000

Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Food Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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