An average Food Technologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $52K annually. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Food Technologists spread between $34K and $70K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$36,798 - $69,218
$37K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $52,372
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$12.08 - $23.53
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MEDIAN: $18.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,798 - $69,218  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $7,830  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,051  
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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$33,536 - $69,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 243
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $23.53  
   
Overtime
$6.43 - $35.01  
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
$198.66 - $7,830  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,051  
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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$33,536 - $69,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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

  • Identify, monitor, and report on quality and composition of foods.
  • Optimize the taste and texture of a product.
  • Plan production procedures by extrapolating from prototypes and calculations.
  • Record data, procedures, and findings.
  • Collect samples and data to document fit to specifications.

Common Career Paths for Food Technologist


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There are some Food Technologists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Research & Development Managers, where earnings are an average $97K annually. Food Technologists most often move into positions as Food Scientists or Quality Assurance Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Food Technologist


Survey results show that Food Technologists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Process Improvement, and Food Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 7 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. For most people, competency in Product Development indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Food Technologist

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $66K on average.

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Key Stats for Food Technologist

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
057
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Food Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Food Technologist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 32%

Process Improvement
up arrow 7%

Food Process Engineering
up arrow 6%


National Average
$51,000


Research Analysis
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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