Food Technologist Salary

The average Food Technologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $53K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Female Food Technologists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Food Technologists. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$36,776 - $69,906
$37K
$53K
$70K
MEDIAN: $53,132
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$12.72 - $23.96
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$24
MEDIAN: $18.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,776 - $69,906  
   
Bonus
$310.94 - $8,126  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$34,428 - $70,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $23.96  
   
Overtime
$6.29 - $35.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$310.94 - $8,126  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$34,428 - $70,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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Job Description for Food Technologist

A food technologist usually works for a company that produces food. The technologist may be tasked with coming up with new types of foods or flavors. The technologist will prepare prototypes of foods. These foods will be tested to make sure that they are fit for human consumption.

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Food Technologist Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Food Technologist


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Though not the most common occurrence, Food Technologists sometimes become Research & Development Managers, where the average income is $97K per year. Career advancement for the typical Food Technologist often leads to becoming a Food Scientist or a Quality Assurance Manager; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Food Technologist


Food Technologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Process Improvement, and Food Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 6 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people experienced in Product Development also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Technologist

Pay by Experience for a Food Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Food Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 234 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Food Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 73 salaries. An experienced Food Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 29 salaries. A Food Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,414

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

Berkeley is home to an above-average pay rate for Food Technologists, 30 percent higher than the national average. Food Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+27 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Fresno (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (8 percent less) and Columbus (2 percent less).

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Key Stats for Food Technologist

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Food Technologist Salaries

▲29%

▲18%

▲7%

National Average
$51,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Food Technologist Salaries

Project Management
▲27%

Process Improvement
▲6%


Food Process Engineering
▲3%

National Average
$51,000


Research Analysis
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 11%