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Nutritionist Salary

A Nutritionist earns an average salary of $41,575 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.
$29,394 - $68,948
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MEDIAN: $41,574
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$11.13 - $31.64
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,394 - $68,948  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,992  
Total Pay (?
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$28,118 - $70,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $31.64  
   
Overtime
$4.09 - $50.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,992  
   
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).
)
$28,118 - $70,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 158
United States (change)

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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nutritionist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Nutritionist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Nutritionist Salaries

Nutrition
0%

National Average
$40,000

Counseling
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 25%