IFT has conducted surveys of salaries and employment status among its U.S. members periodically over the past four decades.
IFT conducts its Membership Employment & Salary Surveys every two years. These studies examine the income of IFT members, as well as non-members, who represent all types of professionals employed in food science and technology. The surveys serve as a valuable resource for members and others practicing in the food science and technology industry, as well as human resources personnel in food companies.
2015 IFT Salary Survey Report
IFT has completed its 2015 Salary Survey Report. This year marks the second time that non-members, international members, and international non-members have been included in the survey. This report examines the income of both IFT members and non-members who represent all types of professionals employed in food science and technology, incorporating income factors such as gender, years of experience, highest educational degree earned, geographical region, and size and type of employer. It also provides a snapshot of employment benefits, job satisfaction, and stresses.
The 2015 IFT Salary Survey Report is available free of charge to IFT members, and is available for purchase by non-members for $99.
Past IFT Salary Surveys are an IFT Member-only benefit.
2015 IFT Salary Survey Report
This Food Technology article covers highlights of the latest IFT Salary Survey Report. The 2015 survey indicates that earnings have been slow to rebound post-recession, but demand is strong for professionals with solid skill sets. IFT’s exclusive new research delivers the latest information on wages, benefits, and how food scientists and technologists feel about their jobs.
Published date: February 2016
2013 IFT Salary Survey Report
This Food Technology article covers highlights of the latest IFT Salary Survey Report. IFT’s exclusive and in-depth survey found that, after a small dip in 2011, food science salaries have bounced back and are up 3.4% vs. two years ago.
Published date: February 2014.
2011 Salary Survey
This Food Technology article covers highlights of the latest IFT Salary Survey Report. Compensation is down slightly, but most food scientists find satisfaction in their jobs, according to those polled by IFT.
Published date: February 2012
2009 Salary Survey
Despite the recessionary climate, the median salary for food scientists polled by IFT increased by 4.4% over the past two years.
Published date: February 2010
2007 Salary Survey
The median salary for IFT members rose 7.7% to $84,000 over the past two years, but salaries for women continue to lag behind those for men.
Published date: February 2008
2005 Salary Survey
Between 2003 and 2005, median salaries rose 6.6% to $78,000, and female membership increased to 46% of the total membership.
Published date: February 2006
2003 Salary Survey
This IFT Membership Employment & Salary Survey, published in February 2004, shows that median salaries for IFT members continued to increase, reaching $73,150, a 12.5% increase from the $65,000 in 1999. Membership demographics and employment status remain essentially unchanged.
Published date: February 2004
2001 Salary Survey
Recent food science graduates received a median starting salary of $45,000. That was one of the findings of an exclusive survey conducted by the Institute of Food Technologists.
Published date: March 2001