Food and Beverage Industry Salaries Up in 2013

Annual benchmark report from Food Processing magazine reveals positive results for those with careers in the food and beverage industry.

Jul 23, 2013, 13:01 ET from Food Processing

ITASCA, Ill., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The food and beverage industry is one of the biggest industrial categories in the U.S. and Canada and currently is on America's front pages with the pending acquisition of America's largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods, by a Chinese company – the biggest acquisition of any American company by the Chinese. And then there's the ever-present issue of food safety.

How well are these guardians of our food supply paid? Pretty well, it appears. The "average" salary for this group just eclipsed $100,000 for the first time in the six years of Food Processing's Annual Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey: $103,988 to be exact.

With numerous over-$200,000 respondents, six claiming more than $500,000, the median package was $75,500. And average salaries ranged from $74,372 in purchasing to $146,341 in management. Plant operations workers averaged $97,531 and product developers got $110,115. The respondents collectively said they got a 2.65 percent pay bump since 2012.

And they appear satisfied and secure. Feelings of job security increased by 4 points over last year's poll, and satisfaction crept up 1 point.

This is no small sampling: 1,094 food and beverage professionals took the web-based survey. This salary survey suggests food professionals are finally shaking the recession hangover.

The results and analysis are available on Food Processing's website

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SOURCE Food Processing