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Food Technologist Salary

Median pay for Food Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Total cash earnings of Food Technologists range from $33K on the low end to $70K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $9K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the majority of Food Technologists (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Food Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$36,007 - $70,086
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,566
10%
50%
90%

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$11.47 - $22.63
(Median)
$11
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,007 - $70,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,172  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $8,616  
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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$33,080 - $70,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.47 - $22.63  
   
Overtime
$17.97 - $33.22  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,172  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $8,616  
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).
)
$33,080 - $70,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103

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Job Description for Food Technologist

The primary duties a Food Technician will responsible for during employment will depend greatly on the specific needs of the company. These responsibilities include but are not limited to product reviews, evaluations and enhancements, research and development that involve new innovations, and the practical use of food science that will benefit the company's products. The job also involves critiquing and reviewing current practices of the manufacturing process and physical attributes of the food, preservation and storage for deficiencies and improvements to raise the quality and efficiency. Ideally, an employer will want to maintain or lower the cost of the techniques and procedures currently in place, so an awareness of cost efficiency in regard to innovative technologies is important. Improvement of the taste and nutrition of foods is equally important to most employers. Finding ways to update or modify a particular food product in order to gain an edge in the marketplace and secure a larger share of the food industry is the broader goal of all Food Technicians.

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Food Technologist Tasks

  • Record data, procedures, and findings.
  • Collect samples and data to document fit to specifications.
  • Plan production procedures by extrapolating from prototypes and calculations.
  • Identify, monitor, and report on quality and composition of foods.
  • Optimize the taste and texture of a product.

Common Career Paths for Food Technologist


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Food Technologists who go on to become Research & Development Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Research & Development Managers is $97K annually.

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Food Technologists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Process Improvement, Project Management, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 28 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Product Development tends to also indicate an understanding of Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Technologist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $45K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food Technologists make a median salary of $59K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $65K.

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Experience Affects Food Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Food Technologist Salaries

Process Improvement
up arrow 36%

Project Management
up arrow 28%

Product Development
up arrow 4%

National Average
$48,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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