Food Technologist Salary

Average Food Technologists in the United States make around $50K per year. Final cash compensation to Food Technologists varies from around $34K to approximately $71K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $9K, respectively. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Food Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Food Technologists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,131 - $70,354
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $50,444
10%
50%
90%

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$11.45 - $22.69
(Median)
$11
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$36,131 - $70,354  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,980  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $8,681  
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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$33,568 - $71,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 498
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $22.69  
   
Overtime
$18.31 - $34.46  
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 - $5,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $8,681  
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).
)
$33,568 - $71,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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

  • 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 who go on to become Research & Development Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Research & Development Managers is $97K annually.

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Job skills reported by Food Technologists are limited. Most notably, facility with Process Improvement and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Product Development tend to be skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Technologist

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


For many Food Technologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $46K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. For Food Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary 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 $66K.

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Experience Affects Food Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Food Technologist Salaries

Process Improvement
up arrow 38%

Project Management
up arrow 26%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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