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Food Technologist Salary (United States)

Median pay for Food Technologists in the United States is around $49K per year. Total cash compensation to Food Technologists approaches anywhere from $34K on the lower end to $71K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $9K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. There are more female Food Technologists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Food Technologist Salary (?
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$35,967 - $70,273
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MEDIAN: $49,058
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Food Technologist Salary (?
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$11.64 - $22.53
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,967 - $70,273  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,115  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $8,557  
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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$34,043 - $70,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 458
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $22.53  
   
Overtime
$18.01 - $33.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,115  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $8,557  
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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$34,043 - $70,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
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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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It's not uncommon for Food Technologists to assume a higher-end position such as a Food Scientist. On average, Food Scientists get paid $57K per year.

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Job skills reported by Food Technologists are limited. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Product Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Competency in Product Development frequently indicates knowledge 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $53K. Food Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $67K.

Pay Difference By Location

Berkeley
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Bakersfield
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Cleveland
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St. Louis
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New York
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Minneapolis
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Chicago
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National Average
$48,000
Milwaukee
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Los Angeles
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Cincinnati
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Berkeley offers some of the highest pay in the country for Food Technologists, 28 percent above the national average. Food Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Bakersfield (+25 percent), Cleveland (+21 percent), St. Louis (+9 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Cincinnati ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (9 percent lower) and Milwaukee (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Food Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$48,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Food Technologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 29%
Product Development
up arrow 4%
Research Analysis
up arrow 1%
National Average
$48,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%