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Food Scientist and Technologist Salary and Wage Information

  Percentile 10% (Low) 50% (Median) 90% (High)
  Hourly Wage $14.24 $25.87 $46.80
  Annual Wage $29,600 $53,800 $97,400
  • "10% (Low)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "50% (Median)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "90% (High)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data is not available
* The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S. based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

 Career Description
Food Scientists and Technologists use microbiology, chemistry, engineering, and other sciences to study foods: determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food or food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe and palatable; and they determine best ways to process, package/store/preserve, and distribute food.