Average Food Scientist Salary

$63,224
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,930
Bonus
$4,591
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The average salary for a Food Scientist is $63,224.
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$46k
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$63k
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$89k
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What Do Food Scientists Do?

Food Scientist Tasks
  • Design, execute, and interpret scientific experiments to develop and optimize products.
  • Understand plant equipment and processes to appropriately create solutions.
  • Research, identify, and implement new practices to reduce costs and improve quality.
  • Document specifications for materials, production, and finished products.

Job Satisfaction for Food Scientist

3.7 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Food Scientist are from the companies ConAgra Foods Inc., PepsiCo Inc and Kagome, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at J. M. Smucker Co. where the average pay is $96,907. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Symrise, Inc and ConAgra Foods Inc., earning around $73,599 and $69,353, respectively. Kagome, Inc. pays the lowest at around $58,500. Kerry Ingredients and PepsiCo Inc also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $61,500 and $62,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Food Scientists?

Skills in Product Development, Project Management and Food Process Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Food Scientists?

An entry-level Food Scientist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $53,868 based on 72 salaries. An early career Food Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,315 based on 471 salaries. A mid-career Food Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,624 based on 217 salaries. An experienced Food Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $77,505 based on 69 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $87,483.
Employees with Food Scientist in their job title in Cincinnati, Ohio earn an average of 12.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (6.5% more) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (5.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Columbus, Ohio (12.2% less), Springfield, Missouri (8.3% less) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (4.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 866 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.3%
Early Career
54.4%
Mid Career
25.1%
Experienced
8.0%
Late Career
4.3%

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