Food Scientist Salary

For Food Scientists, annual average wages total $59K per year. In the world of Food Scientists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $86K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. There are more female Food Scientists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 66 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$44,619 - $83,262
$45K
$59K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,367
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$12.40 - $26.98
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MEDIAN: $20.15
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$0$85K
Salary $44,619 - $83,262
Bonus $244.68 - $7,660
Profit Sharing $1,987 - $7,047
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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$41,127 - $85,870
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 415
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $12.40 - $26.98
Overtime $20.21 - $39.45
Annual Data $0$85K
Bonus $244.68 - $7,660
Profit Sharing $1,987 - $7,047
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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$41,127 - $85,870
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 61

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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.

Common Career Paths for Food Scientist


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Food Scientists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Research & Development Manager. The latter position pays an average of $97K annually.

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Popular Skills for Food Scientist


Survey results show that Food Scientists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Product Development, Food Process Engineering, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

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: $58,423

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Food Scientists, Cincinnati offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Food Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+25 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Food Scientists in New York make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Columbus and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Food Scientist Salaries

▲37%

▲29%

▲13%

National Average
$58,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Food Scientist Salaries



National Average
$58,000

Food Process Engineering
▼2%





Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 9%
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