How Much Do Dietitians and Nutritionists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Dietitians and Nutritionists plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$64150 per year
Hourly wage
$31 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$39,840 to $51,700 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$19 to $25 per hour

Entry-level Dietitians and Nutritionists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $39,840 to $51,700 per year or $19 to $25 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Dietitians and Nutritionists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $43 $90,000
Senior (Top 25%) $37 $77,180
Middle (Mid 50%) $30 $63,090
Junior (Bottom 25%) $25 $51,700
No experience (Bottom 10%) $19 $39,840

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $39 $81,070
AK $38 $78,350
DC $35 $73,150
HI $35 $72,810
NJ $35 $72,750
MA $35 $72,070
OR $35 $71,950
NY $34 $70,070
MD $34 $69,860
WY $33 $69,200

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Dietitian and Nutritionist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Dietitians and Nutritionists are in the states of CA, AK, DC, HI and NJ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $77580 $37.30
Home Health Care Services $73460 $35.32
Outpatient Care Centers $70650 $33.97
Spectator Sports $69370 $33.35
Employment Services $69140 $33.24
Scientific Research and Development Services $68730 $33.04
Grantmaking and Giving Services $68710 $33.03
Insurance Carriers $68290 $32.83
Management of Companies and Enterprises $68150 $32.77
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $67680 $32.54
Office Administrative Services $66260 $31.86
Rental and Leasing Services $66230 $31.84
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $66120 $31.79
Specialty Hospitals $65760 $31.62
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $65240 $31.36
Special Food Services $65210 $31.35
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $65130 $31.31
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $64760 $31.14
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $63840 $30.69
Offices of Physicians $63730 $30.64
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $63660 $30.61
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $63090 $30.33
Health and Personal Care Stores $62860 $30.22
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $62170 $29.89
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $61580 $29.61
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $60530 $29.10
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $60430 $29.06
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $59670 $28.69
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $58550 $28.15
Local Government $57960 $27.86

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