Salary for Food Scientists and Technologists

Also known as:  Dairy Bacteriologist, Enologist, Food Preservation Scientist, Food Processing Scientist, Food Safety Scientist, Food Scientist, Food Technologist helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

The flavor, processing, safety and shelf life of modern foods is greatly enhanced by the work of food scientists. These scientists combine a knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, engineering and numerous other scientific disciplines in order to ensure that the food we consume is safe, tasty, and nutritious. They may test factors including nutritional content, flavor, processing methodologies, new food sources, color, convenience, and chemical composition n order to ensure delivery of a high quality food product. This occupation requires a Bachelor's degree, although in many cases, Master's degrees are also expected.

A Food Scientist or Technologist can expect an average compensation of around 48000 - 72000 based on experience. Food Scientists and Technologists will most likely receive an average compensation of Sixty Six Thousand Four Hundred dollars every year.

Food Scientists and Technologists are paid at the highest level in Hawaii, where they receive pay levels, on average, of approximately $100930. Employees with these jobs have the most lucrative average salary level in Wholesale Trade, where they get pay of $74930.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 18.34 percent nationwide in that time.


Food Scientists and Technologists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Other Services (except Public Administration)

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Educational Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Public Administration