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Food Inspector Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$47,000
$35,000
$47,000
$65,000
The average food inspector makes about $47,971 per year. That's $23.06 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $35,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $65,000. Many of food inspectors seem to be drawn to technology and non profits companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case food inspectors tend to work at retail, manufacturing, and government companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island pay food inspectors the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Miami, FL
$37,920
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Map of Food Inspector Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Food Inspectors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Food Inspector Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for food inspectors. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

City
Average Salary
Miami, FL
Miami, FL
$37,920
$38k
Dodge City, KS
Dodge City, KS
$35,584
$36k

High Paying Food Inspector Jobs

Average Food Inspector Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like State of Arizona and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as they offer the highest salaries for food inspectors.

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Food Inspector Salary History

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    Average Food Inspector Pay By Industry

    The salary for a food inspector can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for food inspectors tend to be found in retail, manufacturing, and government companies. In fact, food inspectors can make a yearly salary of $58,108 while working for retail companies.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Retail
    Retail
    $58,108
    $58k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $43,355
    $43k
    Government
    Government
    $42,186
    $42k
    Professional
    Professional
    $41,076
    $41k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $39,314
    $39k

    Recently Added Food Inspector Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food Inspector
    Food Inspector
    Food Inspector
    Asheboro, NC
    Asheboro, NC
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $34,916
    $34,916
    10/30/2020
    Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food Inspector (Imports)
    Food Inspector (Imports)
    Food Inspector (Imports)
    Bell Gardens, CA
    Bell Gardens, CA
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $49,390
    $49,390
    10/28/2020
    Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food Inspector
    Food Inspector
    Food Inspector
    Amarillo, TX
    Amarillo, TX
    09/25/2020
    09/25/2020
    $43,243
    $43,243
    09/25/2020
    Department of Agriculture
    Department of Agriculture
    Intermittent Food Inspector
    Intermittent Food Inspector
    Intermittent Food Inspector
    Crete, NE
    Crete, NE
    08/26/2020
    08/26/2020
    $43,243
    $43,243
    08/26/2020
    Department of Agriculture
    Department of Agriculture
    Food Inspector
    Food Inspector
    Food Inspector
    Timberville, VA
    Timberville, VA
    08/20/2020
    08/20/2020
    $43,243
    $43,243
    08/20/2020
    Department of Agriculture
    Department of Agriculture
    Food Inspector (Imports)
    Food Inspector (Imports)
    Food Inspector (Imports)
    Laredo, TX
    Laredo, TX
    07/30/2020
    07/30/2020
    $54,241
    $54,241
    07/30/2020
    Department of Agriculture
    Department of Agriculture
    Food Inspector Slaughter
    Food Inspector Slaughter
    Food Inspector Slaughter
    Crete, NE
    Crete, NE
    07/21/2020
    07/21/2020
    $43,243
    $43,243
    07/21/2020
    Department of Agriculture
    Department of Agriculture
    Food Inspector (Imports)
    Food Inspector (Imports)
    Food Inspector (Imports)
    Vernon, CA
    Vernon, CA
    07/20/2020
    07/20/2020
    $60,415
    $60,415
    07/20/2020
    Food Inspector
    Food Inspector
    Ferndale, MI
    Ferndale, MI
    07/06/2020
    07/06/2020
    $25,044
    $25,044
    07/06/2020
    Office of Human Resources Management
    Office of Human Resources Management
    Food Inspector
    Food Inspector
    Food Inspector
    Milford, DE
    Milford, DE
    06/29/2020
    06/29/2020
    $47,020
    $47,020
    06/29/2020