The average pay for a Dietician or Nutritionist is $43,535 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
Dietician or Nutritionist Total Pay (?
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$28,585 - $61,444
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MEDIAN: $43,535
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Dietician or Nutritionist Total Pay (?
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$11.60 - $27.37
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,585 - $61,444  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,426 - $60,769  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $27.37  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,426 - $60,769  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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Job Description for Dietician or Nutritionist
A registered dietitian is a member of the dietary team that generally supervises lower members, such as dietary aides. A registered dietitian must hold a 4-year degree, and be licensed in the state in which they are employed. Master degree level education in nutrition is also an option, but not required for entry-level practice. The roles of the registered dietitian include nutritional meal planning and preparation, meal delivery, and nutritional education. The ideal registered dietitian is very detail-oriented, organized, self-motivated, people-friendly and has interest and experience with food preparation, nutrition and health. Registered dietitian generally are in charge of meal planning and preparation in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted-living facilities, daycares, schools, and home health settings. The hours can vary, including nights, weekends, and holidays, but are generally Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Dietician or Nutritionist Tasks
  • Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, diet modifications, food selection and preparation.
  • Consult with physicians and health care staff to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient.
  • May monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits and nutrition monitoring.
  • Screen, assess and evaluate nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.

Experience Affects Dietician or Nutritionist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%
Entry-Level
0%
National Average
$42,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 19%
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