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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Food Inspector Salary

$53,235 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$25.59 hourly

Entry level Salary
$25,000 yearly
$25,000
10 %
$53,235
Median
$111,000
90 %

How much does a Food Inspector make?

Food inspectors make $53,235 per year on average, or $25.59 per hour, in the United States. Food inspectors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $25,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $111,000.

Location impacts how much a food inspector can expect to make. Food inspectors make the most in New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Connecticut.

Highest Paying States For Food Inspectors

Food Inspector average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Pennsylvania$74,375$35.761,138
2Nevada$74,725$35.93186
3Arizona$68,909$33.13600
4Connecticut$74,191$35.67318
5Delaware$74,252$35.70119
6West Virginia$61,383$29.51157
7New Jersey$76,645$36.85601
8Alaska$66,202$31.83107
9New Hampshire$64,804$31.16157
10Alabama$62,542$30.07379
11Rhode Island$72,926$35.0681
12South Carolina$58,482$28.12567
13New Mexico$61,774$29.70170
14Texas$61,586$29.611,759
15Virginia$61,703$29.66960
16Tennessee$56,721$27.27632
17New York$67,552$32.481,060
18Kentucky$57,432$27.61382
19Ohio$60,233$28.96838
20Indiana$58,303$28.03628
21Kansas$58,550$28.15259
22Massachusetts$61,897$29.76732
23Wisconsin$56,045$26.94540
24District of Columbia$71,490$34.3773
25North Carolina$54,192$26.05995
26Iowa$56,451$27.14308
27Mississippi$51,441$24.73283
28Maryland$63,888$30.72438
29Wyoming$53,138$25.5558
30Hawaii$69,129$33.2457
31Illinois$59,066$28.40804
32California$62,395$30.002,157
33Michigan$51,968$24.98772
34Georgia$54,709$26.30971
35Maine$50,028$24.05141
36Vermont$49,992$24.0381
37Washington$54,764$26.33614
38South Dakota$45,693$21.97114
39Missouri$54,152$26.03443
40Louisiana$50,771$24.41257
41Oklahoma$49,525$23.81242
42Florida$45,727$21.981,548
43Colorado$46,392$22.30572
44Montana$41,078$19.75115
45Idaho$47,613$22.89125
46Minnesota$47,405$22.79515
47Arkansas$44,796$21.54220
48Oregon$48,431$23.28278
49Nebraska$43,597$20.96158
50Utah$41,169$19.79239
51North Dakota$37,187$17.8866

Highest Paying Cities For Food Inspectors

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Harrisburg, PA$73,410$35.29
2Hicksville, NY$68,298$32.84
3Laredo, TX$64,478$31.00
4Carson, CA$62,458$30.03
5Saint Louis, MO$54,771$26.33
6Asheboro, NC$53,880$25.90
7Denver, CO$45,940$22.09
8Omaha, NE$43,476$20.90

Food Inspector Salary Details

Food Inspector Salary

What is a Food Inspector's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$111,000$9,250$53
75th Percentile$78,000$6,500$38
Average$53,235$4,436$26
25th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
10th Percentile$25,000$2,083$12

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Consumer Safety Inspector$43,457$3,621$20.8932,001
Agriculture Inspector$44,368$3,697$21.3316,645
Inspector$36,273$3,023$17.4417,670

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Cargill Jobs (2)
  2. SOPAKCO Jobs (5)
  3. Kellogg Jobs (4)
  4. Perdue Farms Jobs (5)
  5. Pictsweet Farms Jobs (4)

Which Companies Pay Food Inspectors The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Colorado State Express and Randstad North America, Inc. are the highest paying companies for food inspectors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Colorado State Express$60,070$28.8837
2Randstad North America, Inc.$59,969$28.8393
3New York State Restaurant Association$53,235$25.59
4Office of Human Services$53,235$25.59
5Department of Agriculture and Fisheries$53,235$25.59
6City of St. Louis$53,235$25.59
7Forsyth County$41,724$20.061
8Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania$40,700$19.5715
9Aerotek$32,581$15.66127
10ManpowerGroup$31,568$15.185
11Adecco$31,151$14.9826

Food Inspector Salary Trends

Average Food Inspector Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Food Inspector Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$53,200$25.59+2.6%
    2021$51,900$24.93+3.0%
    2020$50,300$24.19+1.7%
    2019$49,500$23.78+1.4%
    2018$48,800$23.46-1.4%

    Recently Added Food Inspector Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    ManpowergroupFood Inspector PMOrlando, FL04/29/2022$33,392
    Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaFood Inspector 2Harrisburg, PA04/07/2022$52,851
    New York State Civil ServiceFood Inspector 1 or TraineeFine, NY02/26/2022$45,617
    Department of AgricultureFood InspectorHillsdale, IL09/29/2021$44,094
    Department of AgricultureFood InspectorLogansport, IN09/29/2021$43,683
    Department of AgricultureFood Inspector (SlaughterHillsdale, MI09/29/2021$43,683
    Department of AgricultureFood InspectorToppenish, WA09/29/2021$43,683
    Department of AgricultureFood Inspector (Intermittent)Warrenton, VA09/29/2021$39,674
    Department of AgricultureFood InspectorSumter, SC09/23/2021$43,683
    Department of AgricultureFood Inspector (FI)Petaluma, CA09/23/2021$53,286

    Food Inspector Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Food Inspectors the most?

    New Jersey pays Food Inspectors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $76,645 per year, or $36.85 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Food Inspector?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Food Inspector if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Nevada you should be paid close to $74,725 per year.

    What type of Food Inspector gets paid the most?

    Tree Inspector gets paid the most. Tree Inspector made a median salary of $60,400. The best-paid 10 percent make $93,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $39,000.

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