Food industry salaries compare favourably with pay in many other sectors, according to the latest annual salary survey by Croner.
The average food sector director earns £65,000 a year compared with £60,900 recorded for all sectors. Directors in mechanical engineering earn around £55,825 and those in other manufacturing sectors £58,362, said Croner. Financial services directors come top with £79,722.
Lower down the ladder, most food industry managers were among the higher earners. Middle managers' average salary of £30,000 was just under the £30,152 average across all sectors surveyed by Croner, but other managers received more than the national average for their grade.
In food manufacturing, mds received £80,275, commercial directors £70,750, marketing directors £56,911, works/factory managers £49,024 and production/ manufacturing managers £30,500, but pay varied according to location. The national average for directors was £65,000 as against £76,750 in the north-east, £75,000 in London and £72,000 in the south-west. The national middle manager average of £30,000 compared with £34,000 in the West Midlands, £31,000 in East Anglia and £30,800 in London.
Croner found that in food manufacturing the last pay rise was 3%. It predicts the next will be the same.