Food Technologist Salary (United States)

Approximately two-thirds of Food Technologists report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $47,004 per year on average. Pay ranges from $33,309 on the low end to $69,651 per year on the higher side. Overall cash income ranges from $35,784 near the bottom to $69,577) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $5,005 from bonuses and $8,616 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and a majority earn vision coverage. In a profession dominated by women, 63 percent of Food Technologists are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Food Technologists. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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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  
PayScale
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).
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$33,309 - $69,651  
PayScale
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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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for Food Technologists. At the upper end, those who move into a Food Scientist role can bring in an extra $10,045 per year.

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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 higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Starting out, salaries fall in the $45K range but grow to $55K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $59K. Though minimal, Food Technologists continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $65K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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St. Louis
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Chicago
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National Average
$47,000
Milwaukee
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Los Angeles
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Cincinnati
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Food Technologists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Food Technologists will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+13 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (-8 percent) and Milwaukee (-4 percent).

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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
$47,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Food Technologist Salaries

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

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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