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Food Technologist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Food Technologist is $48,545 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. A skill in Project Management is associated with high pay for this job.
Food Technologist Salary (?
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$35,784 - $69,577
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MEDIAN: $48,544
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Food Technologist Salary (?
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$11.69 - $22.80
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,784 - $69,577  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,005  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $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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$33,309 - $69,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 450
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $22.80  
   
Overtime
$18.04 - $32.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,005  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $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).
)
$33,309 - $69,651  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Food Technologist

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 18%
St. Louis
up arrow 13%
Chicago
0%
Minneapolis
0%
National Average
$47,000
Milwaukee
up arrow 4%
Los Angeles
up arrow 8%
Cincinnati
up arrow 16%
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Experience Affects Food Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%
Experienced
up arrow 25%
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$47,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Food Technologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 34%
Research Analysis
up arrow 6%
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%
National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%