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Food Scientist Salary

Median pay for Food Scientists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $60K annually. Total incomes of Food Scientists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $9K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $84K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. More than half of Food Scientists (61 percent) survey participants are women. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,820 - $81,275
(Median)
$43K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $59,574
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$13.81 - $25.53
(Median)
$14
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,820 - $81,275  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,649  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,128  
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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$40,958 - $84,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 509
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $25.53  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $38.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,649  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,128  
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).
)
$40,958 - $84,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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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Many Food Scientists move into a Research & Development Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $97K per year.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist


Food Scientists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Product Development, Windows Operating System General Use, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Food Process Engineering. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know 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 Food Scientists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $67K. Food Scientists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $77K. 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 $82K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Food Scientists, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 10 percent greater than the national average. Food Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+8 percent) and Minneapolis (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Columbus (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries

Product Development
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Project Management
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$61,000

Microsoft Word
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Food Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
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: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 5%
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