Salary for Dietitians and Nutritionists

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Also known as:  Clinical Dietitian, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Pediatric Dietician, Public Health Dietitian, Public Health Nutritionist, Research Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist, Therapeutic Dietitian helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

The effects of nutrition on human health and well-being are of vital importance to dietitians and nutritionists. These professionals work with individuals, in institutions, or in facilities which produce large amounts of food on a regular basis for a set population, such as school or hospital cafeterias. They may design and prepare or instruct the preparation of meals for special diets including gluten-free or low-sodium meals. These professionals are often actively involved in the development and dissemination of materials on public health and nutrition, and may suggest public policy regarding nutrition. They may also prepare teaching materials and/or instruct courses on nutrition and healthy eating habits for health professionals and the general public. A Bachelor's degree is required for this field, and many dietitians and nutritionists also hold Master's or doctoral degrees.

A Dietitian or Nutritionist will normally get salaries ranging from $39,840 to $90,000 depending on experience and education levels. usually receive a salary of sixty-four thousand one hundred and fifty dollars every year.

make the highest salary in California, where they earn average job salaries of close to about $81,070. People with this job title can receive the highest pay in Wholesale Trade, which has wages of $70,890.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 44.27 percent nationwide in that time.


Dietitians and Nutritionists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Wholesale Trade
Finance and Insurance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Educational Services
Retail Trade
Public Administration
Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
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