Food Technologist Salary

Food Technologists in the United States take home an average $50K annually. In the world of Food Technologists, overall income ranges from $33K near the bottom to $70K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Food Technologists. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Food Technologists (65 percent) who took the survey are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,872 - $69,888

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$11.30 - $23.01

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,872 - $69,888  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,562  
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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$33,208 - $70,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.30 - $23.01  
   
Overtime
$19.69 - $34.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,562  
   
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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$33,208 - $70,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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 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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 3 percent, respectively. Product Development and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Technologist

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


Food Technologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. Food Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $65K.

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Experience Affects Food Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Food Technologist Salaries

Process Improvement
up arrow 36%

Project Management
up arrow 28%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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