Similar to other professions, a food critic's salary may differ significantly from one critic to another. These differences are influenced by several factors including who they work for, what type of employment they have and where they work.
Generally, those critics who work for large publication companies, newspapers or magazines and have more expertise will definitely make more money than those who are on their entry-phase and who write for local newspapers or publications. Most publications have their fixed rates while a critic that works as freelancer may be paid per word or per written article.
- Average Salary
According to SalaryExpert, the salary of a food critic in the United States pays around $54,186 to $99,137 per year, with $69,587 as the US National average salary.
- Starting Salary
Food critics who are in the entry-phase in the industry can still earn as much as others can have. But the average starting salary of most food critics would range between $40,000 and $50,000 a year. This range is also influenced by other factors such the place and publication they work for.
- Top Salary
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a food critics’ salary is similar to a reporter or journalist who works for newspapers, magazines or periodicals. About 10 percent of all the food critics belong to the highest-paid critics in the US, and can make over $77,480 to $99, 137 per annum.
- Type of Publication
The salary of a food critic is also influenced by the type of publication that the critic works for. Someone working in newspapers earns $32,000 to $67,160 and $29,479 to $59,279 for those working on magazines. Some critics who are working for periodical or book companies may receive an annual salary ranging from $33,500 to $55,183.
Food critics may also work as freelancers. There are actually no standard rates for freelance writers. Their salary is based on how much work they have. Freelance writers are sometimes paid per word or per article depending on the rate settled by the publication where they submit their work. However, those critics who have a good reputation in the industry, have more expertise and have lots of work can earn above what a highest salaried critic can have. They can have earnings that may go beyond $100,000 per annum.
A food critics’ salary is also influenced by the economic status of the state where he or she works. According to SalaryExpert, those who work in New York have the highest salary that would average to $95,476 per year. Food critics working in Texas and Florida receive $53,822 and $47,410 respectively. Critics working in North Carolina have an annual salary that reaches an average of $52,944 and $68,623 for those working in Illinois, and $74,760 in Arizona.
A lot of factors affect the salary of food critics. Salaried food critics have more precise salary bracket than those who are freelancers. But mostly, a food critic who works harder earns more.
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