Food Scientist Salary

A Food Scientist earns an average salary of $59,416 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$13.98 - $25.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,324 - $81,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,071  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $5,152  
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$40,539 - $84,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 507
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.98 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$15.15 - $38.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $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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$40,539 - $84,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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.

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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

Windows Operating System General Use
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Product Development
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National Average
$60,000

Microsoft Office
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Project Management
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Food Process Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 5%
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