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Nutritionist Salary

Nutritionist Salary By Percentile
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.59 $21.25 $26.56 $32.47 $37.30
Annual Wage $34,500 $44,200 $55,200 $67,500 $77,600

How much does a nutritionist make? A nutritionist or dietician is a professional who is trained to advise individuals about food and nutrition due to health concerns. Many nutritionists assist patients who have diabetes, high blood pressure, or who are overweight and develop a diet plan for them so that patients can become healthier. They can also devise diet plans for individuals who simply want to eat healthier. In order to become a nutritionist, one must receive a minimum of a bachelor's degree in dietics, food and nutrition, clinical nutrition or another related major. Some schools require an internship after graduation, and in most states, nutritionists must be licensed. Many nutritionists further their studies by pursuing graduate degrees in the subject.

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the median salary for nutritionists was $55,240. The median salary is the amount that half of those employed as nutritionists make more than, and half of those in the field make less than. The lowest paid 10 percent of nutritionists made $34,500 or less, while the top 10 percent in the industry earned $77.590 or more.

Factors Impacting Salary

Various factors can affect the salary of a nutritionist. Although hospitals and nursing homes are the largest employers of nutritionists, they do not typically pay their nutritionists the highest salaries in the industry. Generally, nutritionists who are employed in consulting services and with the government command the highest salaries.

Geographical Location and Salary

In several states, nutritionists earn a higher salary than others. The top paying states for nutritionists are California, Nevada, Hawaii, Maryland, and Connecticut.

Work Environment and Schedule

Nutritionists generally work full time in hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. These jobs typically require a nutritionist to work normal business hours. Some nutritionists are self employed, and therefore, may enjoy more flexibility when it comes to scheduling based on their own needs and the needs of their patients. However, those who are self employed often work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for nutritionists is expected to grow at a rate faster than average from the years 2012 until 2022. The 21 percent growth in employment will be due to the public's understanding of the importance of good nutrition and overall health. Additionally, more individuals with conditions such as obesity and diabetes will need the care of a professional who can assist them with dietary approaches to good health. All of these factors will require more nutritionists in the industry.


Top Paying Industries

Industry Employment % of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean salary
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,200 0.92 $34.33 $71,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,000 0.10 $33.28 $69,220
Office Administrative Services 50 0.01 $31.83 $66,210
Insurance Carriers 100 0.01 $30.98 $64,450
Home Health Care Services 1,100 0.09 $30.65 $63,740

Salary By State

State 10% 25% Median 75% 90% Jobs (2010) Jobs (2020) Outlook
Alabama $32,100 $39,700 $47,000 $57,800 $67,600 830 1,030 +24%
Alaska $38,000 $52,500 $64,800 $76,200 $87,400 140 180 +26%
Arizona $27,400 $39,000 $51,300 $60,600 $72,000 1,070 1,330 +24%
Arkansas $32,800 $40,300 $47,000 $59,100 $71,300 520 550 +8%
California $48,600 $58,800 $68,900 $79,400 $92,200 7,000 8,400 +20%
Colorado $31,800 $42,600 $54,300 $66,200 $74,100 820 960 +17%
Connecticut $43,000 $52,700 $63,500 $72,700 $83,600 820 930 +14%
Delaware $40,700 $50,600 $61,000 $70,000 $75,400 160 190 +20%
District of Columbia $44,400 $52,000 $59,700 $72,900 $84,800 430 520 +22%
Florida $33,300 $42,000 $52,700 $65,300 $77,600 4,020 4,520 +13%
Georgia $33,500 $40,500 $49,400 $62,800 $74,600 1,920 2,300 +20%
Hawaii $50,300 $58,100 $66,000 $72,600 $77,800 280 320

+17%

Idaho $33,700 $41,200 $51,400 $61,000 $71,700 280 350 +24%
Illinois $25,900 $38,400 $51,500 $61,400 $72,100 2,340 2,560 +9%
Iowa $39,400 $43,200 $49,700 $58,000 $66,100 780 910 +17%
Kansas $37,000 $44,300 $52,100 $58,900 $68,600 490 580 +19%
Kentucky $36,800 $42,100 $48,200 $57,800 $68,400 1,100 1,300 +18%
Louisiana $30,600 $39,800 $48,800 $61,200 $73,600 1,010 1,220 +21%
Maine $35,800 $44,000 $54,000 $62,500 $72,300 320 380 +19%
Maryland $48,400 $57,300 $74,500 $107,700 $130,000 1,420 1,650 +16%
Massachusetts $38,300 $49,600 $59,100 $72,800 $86,200 1,980 2,370 +20%
Michigan $38,100 $44,000 $52,400 $60,200 $71,800 1,900 2,120 +12%
Minnesota $40,500 $45,900 $55,500 $66,000 $73,800 1,000 1,190 +19%
Mississippi $33,200 $40,800 $47,100 $59,000 $72,700 640 730 +14%
Missouri $34,400 $40,900 $47,600 $57,600 $69,000 1,320 1,450 +10%
Montana $33,100 $40,900 $51,000 $60,700 $70,700 230 280 +21%
Nebraska $29,100 $39,600 $48,900 $58,300 $68,900 570 640 +12%
Nevada $42,700 $52,400 $64,200 $74,600 $119,200 300 330

+12%

New Hampshire $43,700 $50,900 $57,700 $66,400 $74,200 310 360 +15%
New Jersey $43,200 $51,700 $62,600 $71,800 $80,000 1,940 2,090 +8%
New Mexico $32,400 $38,100 $50,000 $63,700 $74,600 230 280 +20%
New York $41,400 $49,600 $58,800 $70,400 $80,700 5,360 5,970 +11%
North Carolina $36,700 $42,300 $50,000 $58,600 $68,100 1,660 1,900 +15%
North Dakota $34,400 $40,400 $47,600 $57,200 $66,900 230 270 +14%
Ohio $30,100 $40,900 $51,300 $59,700 $70,500 3,260 3,660 +13%
Oklahoma $29,900 $39,000 $47,100 $57,700 $70,800 850 1,040 +22%
Oregon $42,400 $51,900 $61,600 $70,600 $76,000 540 660 0%
Pennsylvania $21,300 $33,300 $48,900 $60,400 $71,800 3,500 3,920 +12%
Rhode Island $39,100 $49,400 $63,200 $73,700 $84,400 340 380 +11%
South Carolina $27,900 $35,700 $45,900 $58,500 $70,400 790 920 +17%
South Dakota $36,500 $42,000 $48,800 $58,500 $67,700 200 200

+2%

Tennessee $32,000 $40,300 $49,300 $60,600 $71,900 1,160 1,380 +19%
Texas $32,900 $43,100 $53,300 $62,700 $74,100 4,160 5,160

+24%

Utah $22,200 $33,900 $46,800 $60,300 $70,400 400 500 +24%
Vermont $38,600 $46,600 $56,200 $66,700 $73,900 190 220 +14%
Virginia $35,000 $43,600 $55,200 $68,300 $78,400 1,260 1,470 +17%
Washington $43,200 $52,800 $62,000 $71,200 $79,600 1,120 1,360 +21%
West Virginia $28,700 $37,600 $49,000 $65,000 $74,000 440 490

+12%

Wisconsin $39,400 $46,400 $53,800 $60,300 $70,800 1,440 1,660 +15%
Wyoming $24,000 $44,400 $56,000 $65,100 $81,700 70 90 +28%

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