How Much Do Food Science Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Food Science Technicians

Food Science Technicians perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$45920 per year
Hourly wage
$22 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$28,650 to $34,550 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Food Science Technicians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $28,650 to $34,550 per year or $14 to $17 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Food Science Technicians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $32 $66,620
Senior (Top 25%) $26 $53,250
Middle (Mid 50%) $20 $41,970
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $34,550
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $28,650

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MA $25 $52,250
NJ $25 $52,240
CA $24 $50,710
ND $24 $49,220
CO $24 $48,930
MO $23 $48,550
MD $23 $48,410
IN $23 $48,190
LA $23 $47,680
MT $23 $47,460

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Food Science Technician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Food Science Technicians are in the states of MA, NJ, CA, ND and CO.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $57400 $27.59
Management of Companies and Enterprises $54590 $26.25
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $51080 $24.56
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $50510 $24.28
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $50080 $24.08
Elementary and Secondary Schools $49950 $24.01
Local Government $49520 $23.81
Other Food Manufacturing $48330 $23.24
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $48120 $23.13
Grain and Oilseed Milling $47940 $23.05
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers $45720 $21.98
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $45710 $21.97
Animal Food Manufacturing $45700 $21.97
Warehousing and Storage $45620 $21.93
Dairy Product Manufacturing $45390 $21.82
Scientific Research and Development Services $45380 $21.82
Chemical Manufacturing $44850 $21.56
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $44560 $21.42
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $44380 $21.34
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $44220 $21.26
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $43960 $21.14
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $42940 $20.64
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging $42680 $20.52
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $42490 $20.43
Employment Services $40980 $19.70
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $40390 $19.42
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $40010 $19.24
Animal Slaughtering and Processing $39880 $19.18
State Government $39640 $19.06
Support Activities for Crop Production $37390 $17.98

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