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Average Salary and Wage for Nutritionists/Dietetic Technician

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2017, the average annual salary for nutritionists/dietetic technician was $26,500. On the other hand, non-salaried nutritionists earned an average hourly wage of $22.10 in that same year. Of course salary earning potentials are often dependent on a series of factors including a nutritionists/dietetic technicians level of formal education, amount of previous experience, and certification status.


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Since a nutritionist/dietetic technician's salary is contingent often several variable, individuals aspiring to build a career in this profession should be aware of salary percentiles. Here are the average salary percentiles for nutritionists employed in the United States:

  • 10 percentile:      $18,990
  • 25 percentile:      $21,860
  • 50 percentile:      $26,500
  • 75 percentile:      $34,980
  • 90 percentile:      $45,970

Career Demand

Recent statistics published by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, indicate that more than 78 million adults and 12.5 million adolescents and children suffer from obesity in the United States. By 2030, approximately 115 million adults are expected to be obese. This figure represents nearly half of the adult population in the nation. To prevent the prevalence of obesity in America, many individuals and businesses are hiring preventive health care professionals, such as nutritionists/dietetic technician.

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Industry of Employment Impacts Nutritionist/Dietetic Technician Salaries

A nutritionist’s salary may also be influenced by their industry of employment. Recent studies conducted by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that in 2017, the industries that paid the highest salaries to nutritionists included: college and professional schools, vocational rehabilitation services, state government (OES designation), outpatient care centers, and local government (OES desigation). The average annual salaries for nutritionists/dietetic technicians employed in these industries are as follows:

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $38,950
State Government (OES designation): $35,890
Vocational Rehabilitation Services:      $37,750
Outpatient Care Centers:  $34,740
Local Government (OES designation): $32,980 May 2017

Geographic Location Impacts Nutritionist/Dietetic Technician Salaries

The demand for nutritionists/dietetic technician is inconsistent from place to place. As such, jobseeking nutritionists often search for job opportunities in locations with high salary averages for their profession. Salary expectations for nutritionists/dietetic technician have a tendency to shift across different states, metropolitan areas, and nonmetropolitan areas alike. For example, here are the average annual salaries for nutritionists/dietetic technicians employed in the top paying states in the country:

California: $34,430
Oregon: $43,790
Rhode Island: $43,770
New York: $42,680
Alaska: $39,790 May 2017

Since metropolitan areas are characterized by a high population density, more nutritionists/dietetic technicians are demanded to accommodate the health care needs of larger masses in these areas than in more rural communities. As a result of this demand, nutritionists/dietetic technicians may experience higher salaries in metropolitan locations. The five highest paying metropolitan areas for nutritionists/dietetic technicians in the country are:

Worcester, MA-CT:  $50,780/yr.
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA:   $50,120/yr.
Nassau County, NY: $49,500/yr.
Portland, OR: $43,110/yr.
San Jose, Santa Clara, CA: $42,030/yr. May 2017

Nonmetropolitan areas are usually home to low population densities; as a result, there are fewer individuals and businesses available to employ nutritionists. Of course, there are still several nonmetropolitan areas throughout the country that offer nutritionists/dietetic technicians higher-than-average annual salaries. The five highest paying nonmetropolitan areas for nutritionists/dietetic technicians in the country are:

Upper Penisula of Michigan:    $39,220/yr.
West Texas Region:   $37,160/yr.
Southwest Maine:    $33,080/yr.
East Central North Dakota: $31,500/yr.
West Northwestern Ohio:  $29,80/yr. May 2017


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