Salary for Dietitians and Nutritionists

Also known as:  Clinical Dietitian, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Pediatric Dietician, Public Health Dietitian, Public Health Nutritionist, Research Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist, Therapeutic Dietitian

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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 can get an average pay level in a range of 40000 - 60000 based on tenure level. Dietitians and Nutritionists can get salaries of Fifty Four Thousand Six Hundred dollars each year.

Dietitians and Nutritionists can expect the most salary in Maryland, where they get average pay scales of about $64600. People with these jobs can make the most money in Finance and Insurance, where they earn an average pay rate of $64270.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 22.20 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Dietitians and Nutritionists tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $64,270
Finance and Insurance $63,450
Wholesale Trade $59,490
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $58,960
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $54,950
Health Care and Social Assistance $54,570
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $34,160
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $47,740
Accommodation and Food Services $49,810
Educational Services $53,480
Public Administration $53,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises $53,880
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