Food and pharmaceutical manufacturers depend on key labeling coordinators to ensure their products' packages contain specific quantities of key ingredients, including fat grams, calories and medication dosages. Key labeling coordinators study federal guidelines for labeling and review the information and artwork before and after it's printed on packages. If you are highly organized and enjoy working with data and numbers, the job of key labeling coordinator may be the perfect career. You can expect your salary to vary depending on the district or state in which you work.
Salary Between $45,000 and $50,000
The average annual salary of a key labeling coordinator was $48,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Indeed. To become a key labeling coordinator, you need at least a bachelor's degree in nutrition, life sciences or a related major. Employers also may prefer that you have one or more years of experience as a labeling coordinator in the food or pharmaceutical industry. Other essential requirements are an attention to detail and analytical, time management, communication and computer skills.
Top Pay in New York
Average salaries for key labeling coordinators varied most significantly in the West region, according to Indeed, where they earned the lowest salaries of $31,000 in Hawaii and the highest of $52,000 in California. If you worked as a key labeling coordinator in Maine or New York, you'd make $41,000 or $58,000, respectively, which were the lowest and highest salaries in the Northeast. In the South, you'd average $40,000 to $55,000 per year in Louisiana or Washington, D.C., respectively. Key labeling coordinators in the Midwest made the most in Illinois and the least in South Dakota and Nebraska at $53,000 and $36,000, respectively.
Earn Less Than Nutritionists
While key labeling coordinators earned $46,000 in 2013, according to Indeed, labeling coordinators made an average of $42,000 during the same year. In comparison, nutritionists averaged $56,170 annually as of May 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nutritionists who worked for animal food manufacturing companies earned $88,100, according to 2012 BLS data, while those employed by the federal government made $69,360. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is an example of a government employer that employs nutritionists. Nutritionists who worked in the special food services industry, which can include food manufacturing or restaurant companies, earned $53,560 per year.
Excellent Job Growth
The BLS doesn't forecast jobs for key labeling coordinators. It estimates a 20 percent increase in jobs for dietitians and nutritionists from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than the 14 percent national rate for all occupations. A growing interest in public health, wellness and proper dieting should increase jobs for nutritionists, who may work as key labeling coordinators. The federal government also has instituted stricter labeling laws in recent years because of the link between obesity and diet-related diseases, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: How to Become a Dietician or Nutritionist
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Dietitians and Nutritionists: Job Outlook
- Indeed: Key Labeling Coordinator Salary
- Indeed: Labeling Coordinator Salary
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics: Dieticians and Nutritionists
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Front-of-Package Labeling Initiative
- Indeed: Key Labeling Coordinator Salary in Maine, and New York
- Indeed: Key Labeling Coordinator Salary in Hawaii, and California
- Indeed: Key Labeling Coordinator Salary in Louisiana, and Washington, DC
- Indeed: Key Labeling Coordinator Salary in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Illinois
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