A Nutritionist earns an average salary of $39,898 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Nutritionist Total Pay (?
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$28,969 - $59,848
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MEDIAN: $39,898
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Nutritionist Total Pay (?
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$10.96 - $29.29
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,969 - $59,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
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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$26,688 - $60,972  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $29.29  
   
Overtime
$12.08 - $49.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
   
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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$26,688 - $60,972  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 339
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Job Description for Nutritionist
Nutritionists study how the body uses the nutrients that it is given. They work with patients of all ages and help them to lead happier and healthier lives. Weight loss is a primary reason nutritionists are consulted. Nutritionists evaluate a person's life and their overall health to assess the nutritional needs that are not being met. After doing this, they develop and implement dietary care plans and provide their clients with nutritional counseling. They advise their patients on nutritional principles, diet modifications, food selection and preparation. Nutritionists also counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits and nutrition monitoring. They may also monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards. At times, nutritionists may also consult with physicians and health care staff to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions for a patient. Most nutritionists have a bachelor's degree in a related field. Certain states require state-issued licenses as well. Most employers require their nutritionists to have work experience and training in their field. Nutritionists' work hours vary depending on whether they are self-employed or if they work for a hospital, school or other employer.
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Nutritionist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Nutritionist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 6%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000
Entry-Level
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Gender
Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%
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