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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

19-4013 Food Science Technicians

Work with food scientists or technologists to perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products. Includes technicians who assist in research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.


National estimates for Food Science Technicians
Industry profile for Food Science Technicians
Geographic profile for Food Science Technicians

National estimates for Food Science Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Food Science Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,530 2.6 % $ 23.01 $ 47,870 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Food Science Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.21 $ 18.10 $ 22.40 $ 26.57 $ 30.25
Annual Wage (2) $ 33,710 $ 37,650 $ 46,590 $ 55,260 $ 62,920


Industry profile for Food Science Technicians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Food Science Technicians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Food Science Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Food Science Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,190 1.43 $ 22.52 $ 46,850
Other Food Manufacturing 1,460 0.62 $ 23.79 $ 49,480
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,080 0.63 $ 21.72 $ 45,170
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 1,060 0.20 $ 20.21 $ 42,030
Beverage Manufacturing 960 0.34 $ 25.66 $ 53,370

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Food Science Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dairy Product Manufacturing 2,190 1.43 $ 22.52 $ 46,850
Grain and Oilseed Milling 860 1.37 $ 24.92 $ 51,840
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 1,080 0.63 $ 21.72 $ 45,170
Other Food Manufacturing 1,460 0.62 $ 23.79 $ 49,480
Support Activities for Animal Production 110 0.36 $ 16.36 $ 34,020

Top paying industries for Food Science Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 480 0.02 $ 30.34 $ 63,100
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) (8) (8) $ 26.34 $ 54,790
Warehousing and Storage 40 (7) $ 25.67 $ 53,400
Beverage Manufacturing 960 0.34 $ 25.66 $ 53,370
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 350 0.04 $ 25.03 $ 52,070


Geographic profile for Food Science Technicians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Food Science Technicians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Food Science Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of food science technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Food Science Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,170 0.13 1.61 $ 23.64 $ 49,170
Texas 1,390 0.11 1.39 $ 20.65 $ 42,960
Wisconsin 930 0.34 4.14 $ 22.40 $ 46,600
Pennsylvania 580 0.10 1.28 $ 22.39 $ 46,570
Washington 520 0.16 1.98 $ 22.54 $ 46,880


Map of location quotient of food science technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Food Science Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 150 0.35 4.31 $ 17.20 $ 35,770
Wisconsin 930 0.34 4.14 $ 22.40 $ 46,600
Nebraska 280 0.29 3.56 $ 21.35 $ 44,410
Iowa 370 0.25 3.03 $ 20.50 $ 42,640
Oregon 430 0.23 2.86 $ 21.25 $ 44,200


Map of annual mean wages of food science technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Food Science Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missouri 130 0.05 0.56 $ 30.52 $ 63,470
Ohio 200 0.04 0.48 $ 28.28 $ 58,830
Massachusetts 70 0.02 0.26 $ 27.67 $ 57,560
Colorado 150 0.06 0.70 $ 27.26 $ 56,690
Georgia 440 0.10 1.24 $ 27.19 $ 56,560



Map of employment of food science technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Food Science Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 520 0.14 1.76 $ 21.53 $ 44,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 470 0.08 1.00 $ 24.03 $ 49,990
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 390 0.05 0.55 $ 24.57 $ 51,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 320 0.12 1.52 $ 28.75 $ 59,800
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 290 0.11 1.32 $ 26.73 $ 55,590
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 220 0.08 0.95 $ 22.84 $ 47,510
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 210 0.11 1.34 $ 24.65 $ 51,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 200 0.11 1.36 $ 22.41 $ 46,620
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.08 0.94 $ 28.09 $ 58,420
Modesto, CA 160 0.91 11.10 $ 22.70 $ 47,220


Map of location quotient of food science technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Food Science Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Merced, CA 100 1.33 16.19 $ 23.68 $ 49,260
Napa, CA 90 1.27 15.56 $ 22.92 $ 47,670
Wausau, WI 70 1.08 13.20 $ 18.62 $ 38,720
Modesto, CA 160 0.91 11.10 $ 22.70 $ 47,220
Visalia-Porterville, CA 140 0.90 11.02 $ 23.78 $ 49,460
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 70 0.88 10.77 $ 21.20 $ 44,090
Owensboro, KY 40 0.82 10.06 $ 30.63 $ 63,700
Kennewick-Richland, WA 90 0.80 9.79 $ 20.56 $ 42,750
Madera, CA 40 0.77 9.44 $ 20.18 $ 41,970
Yakima, WA 50 0.56 6.90 $ 21.57 $ 44,870


Map of annual mean wages of food science technicians by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Food Science Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. Louis, MO-IL 100 0.07 0.91 $ 32.01 $ 66,580
Owensboro, KY 40 0.82 10.06 $ 30.63 $ 63,700
Columbus, OH 70 0.07 0.85 $ 29.53 $ 61,420
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 320 0.12 1.52 $ 28.75 $ 59,800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 30 0.03 0.38 $ 28.17 $ 58,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.08 0.94 $ 28.09 $ 58,420
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 110 0.11 1.34 $ 27.81 $ 57,850
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 90 0.06 0.73 $ 27.65 $ 57,520
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 100 0.04 0.47 $ 27.58 $ 57,370
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 90 0.11 1.35 $ 27.34 $ 56,860

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Food Science Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.78 9.55 $ 22.90 $ 47,630
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.96 11.72 $ 21.93 $ 45,620
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.87 10.68 $ 22.06 $ 45,890
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 4.53 $ 20.85 $ 43,360
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 8.96 $ 16.74 $ 34,820

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Food Science Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.96 11.72 $ 21.93 $ 45,620
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.87 10.68 $ 22.06 $ 45,890
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.78 9.55 $ 22.90 $ 47,630
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 8.96 $ 16.74 $ 34,820
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.71 8.73 $ 23.88 $ 49,680

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Food Science Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.71 8.73 $ 23.88 $ 49,680
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.47 $ 23.30 $ 48,460
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 3.21 $ 22.91 $ 47,660
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.78 9.55 $ 22.90 $ 47,630
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.52 6.31 $ 22.54 $ 46,880


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022