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Working As a Food Inspector

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Repetitive

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Food Inspector does

  • Worked for FDA Imports (Stoneham, Ma.
  • Prepare detailed documentation of noncompliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Provided technical guidance to team members.
  • Performed post-mortem inspection Supervised performance of 2 plant employees.
  • Used measuring instruments to inspect parts.
  • Developed and implemented seven certified HACCP plans.
  • Evaluated packaging, packing and marking requirements in accordance with DoD standards and contractual documents.
  • Ensured food and meat processing facilities met quality standards.
  • Enforced both State of Arizona and Federal regulations on all produce that I inspected.
  • Trained in inspecting food products for human consumption.
  • inspected fresh fruits and vegetables, graded commodities according to USDA standards.
  • Ensured the wholesomeness and purity of meat products.
  • Review, verify and monitor plant operations and records, and determine compliance with regulation.
  • Initiated reports to the USDA, FSIS each quarter.
  • Implemented corrective action plans and preventive measures.
  • Trained, evaluated, and improved food storage facilities in accordance with the Department of Defense (DoD) standards.
  • Collect samples to be tested, performed in-process sample analysis, conducted ante-mortem inspections, review slaughter records.
  • Experienced in Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP).
  • Covered 3 beef plants, 2 pork plants and 2 poultry plants.
  • Recorded temperatures of products and food in storage areas.

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Average Yearly Salary
$47,000
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$35,000
Min 10%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
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$47,000
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$47,000
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$47,000
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$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
State of Arizona
Highest Paying City
Miami, FL
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Food Inspector make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Food Inspector in the United States is $47,971 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $65,000.

Top Skills for A Food Inspector

  1. Food Preparation
  2. Poultry Products
  3. Processing Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Accounted for and secured all equipment and food supplies; prepared and kept records and reports on work and food preparation activities
  • Enable to independently inspect to determine pathological abnormalities tasks of unwholesome meat and poultry products.
  • Inspect food products and processing procedures to determine whether products are safe to eat.
  • Conducted government line audits of red meat and poultry, inspecting for disease and defects.
  • Coordinate and conduct food safety/quality audits for National Quality Awards (NQA) and HACCP certification.

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Top 10 Best States for Food Inspectors

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Connecticut
  4. Michigan
  5. New York
  6. Vermont
  7. Rhode Island
  8. New Jersey
  9. California
  10. Maine
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Food Inspector Demographics

Gender

Male

44.5%

Female

42.9%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

13.2%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.8%

French

5.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

German

2.9%

Samoan

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Hmong

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Food Inspector Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.3%

Central Texas College

7.6%

Kansas State University

6.5%

Texas A&M University

6.5%

Kaplan University

5.4%

Iowa State University

5.4%

Delaware Valley University

4.3%

Southern Connecticut State University

4.3%

Ashford University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Gwinnett Technical College

4.3%

Fayetteville State University

4.3%

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

3.3%

Hinds Community College

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Bladen Community College

3.3%

Auburn University

3.3%

Wayland Baptist University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

18.1%

Food Science

9.3%

Biology

7.9%

Animal Science

6.8%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Public Health

5.7%

General Studies

5.4%

Food And Nutrition

4.5%

Education

4.5%

Nursing

4.2%

Health Care Administration

4.2%

Management

4.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Culinary Arts

2.8%

Psychology

2.8%

Environmental Science

2.5%

Marketing

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Veterinary Science

1.7%

Computer Science

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.6%

Other

29.9%

Masters

13.4%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.2%
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