What Is the Average Salary That a Taste Tester Can Earn?


Taste testers work primarily in food manufacturing industries, ensuring that foods look, smell and taste appealing. Taste testing jobs don't typically require education beyond a high school diploma. As such, the average pay for this skill, as of 2014, tends to be relatively low.

National Average Pay

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies taste testers among inspectors, samplers, testers, weighers and sorters. As of May 2013, it reported an average annual salary of $37,860 for quality control testers and inspectors of all types. However, taste testers tend to earn less than others in that category. The BLS reports an average annual salary of $31,670 for testers and inspectors working in the food manufacturing industries. According to Indeed.com, taste testers earned an average of $24,000 per year as of August 2014.

Pay by Industry Sector

  • What goes in the tester's mouth can play a role in what goes on her paycheck. Those who specialized in fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty foods reported average salaries of $31,340 per year in 2013. Those dealing in seafood preparation averaged $32,160, while those employed by baked good and tortilla makers averaged $33,370. The best average money, $36,140, went to those dealing in sugar and confectionary products. Quality control workers in dairy products took home $36,260.

Pay by State

  • According to Indeed.com, taste testers earned some of the highest rates of pay in New York and Massachusetts, averaging $29,000 per year as of August 2014. Those working in Illinois earned $28,000, while Californians took in $26,000. Below-average pay was reported by testers working in Texas and West Virginia ($23,000), while those employed in South Dakota reported an average salary of just $18,000 per year.

Job Outlook

  • The job outlook for taste testers and other quality control workers is mixed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs for this occupation were expected to grow at a rate of about 6 percent between 2012 and 2022, slower than the 11 percent average growth rate projected for the U.S. economy as a whole.

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