Salary for Food Scientists and Technologists

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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 career community 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 usually receives a compensation in a range of $41,240 and $130,430 based on experience and education levels. will normally receive a wage of eigthy thousand one hundred and ninety dollars annually.

can get the best compensation in Ohio, where they earn compensation, on average, of approximately $97,960. People with this job title can make the highest salaries in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they earn an average job salary of $94,820.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 44.91 percent nationwide in that time.


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

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Transportation and Warehousing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Transportation and Warehousing