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

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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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SALARY TREND

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.

INDUSTRIES

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

Management of Companies and Enterprises
$74,930
Wholesale Trade
$73,880
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$73,430
Public Administration
$71,650
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$67,730
Manufacturing
$61,080

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$50,500
Educational Services
$53,200
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$53,240
Manufacturing
$61,080
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$67,730
Public Administration
$71,650