Food Technologist Salary

Average Food Technologists in the United States make around $50K annually. Final cash compensation to Food Technologists varies from around $33K to approximately $70K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $9K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Food Technologists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 66 percent. Most Food Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,024 - $70,003
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,800
10%
50%
90%

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$11.14 - $22.95
(Median)
$11
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,024 - $70,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,350  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $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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$33,121 - $70,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 459
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $22.95  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $34.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,350  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $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).
)
$33,121 - $70,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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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Food Technologists seem to require a number of specific skills. 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. Quality Assurance / Quality Control is a skill commonly found among those who know Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Technologist

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


For Food Technologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Food Technologists make a median salary of $59K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Food Technologist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $66K.

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Experience Affects Food Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

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 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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