Average Salary and Pay for Nutritionists/Dietetic Technician
Experience, industry credentials, geographic location, industry… a host of factors influence the earning potential for dietitians and nutritionists.
So, let’s explore salary information for:
- Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Dietetic Technician
- Registered/Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered
Learn more about where the demand for these two professions is headed in the coming years.
The following bachelors and Master’s programs offer career-focused instruction delivered by trained nutritionists with experience in the field. Find out more what each individual course of study offers through the locations below.
American University offers two different programs focused on Nutrition and Health. Their Online Master of Science in Nutrition Education will prepare you to become an influential leader in nutrition education and advocacy while promoting nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices in your community and beyond. Or Earn your Master of Science in Health Promotion Management from AU’s award-winning program in just 20 months with $10K available in scholarships upon enrollment (qualifier is a 3.0 GPA).
UNC's MPH Nutrition concentration prepares students to provide, evaluate and communicate nutritional and dietary guidance that improves individual and population-wide health outcomes. In addition to developing their knowledge of nutrition science, students will explore behavior change, communication, counseling and the effects of dietary culture on individuals and communities.
Arizona State University - Online offers an Online Master of Science in Nutritional Science - Dietetics. Along with an Online Masters in Medical Nutrition
Bay Path University's health and wellness certificates build the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to upskill your abilities in your profession or to provide a robust concentration to your degree program for a specific role. Learn more about the Certificate in Food Science and Safety certificate.
If you want to work in fitness and nutrition, take the first step toward a new career with one of Penn Foster's accredited, online fitness and training programs. These affordable programs are all offered online, and can be taken at your own pace.
Grand Canyon University offers an M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Winthrop University offers an Online Master of Science in Human Nutrition and an Online Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Administration
Salary Information for Registered Dietitians and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2021, the average salary for dietitians and nutritionists across the nation was $65,620. Early career dietitians and nutritionists earned about $49,490 during this time, while mid-career pros earned about $61,650.*
RD and RDN Salary
Dietitians and nutritionists with significant experience and/or those who hold the Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) designation through the Commission on Dietetic Registration earned about $93,640.*
While the BLS doesn’t break down salary differences between registered and non-registered dietitians and nutritionists, it can be assumed that those at the higher end of the pay scale have earned the RD/RDN credential due to the demand for this credential by employers and for state certification/licensure and insurance reimbursement purposes.
Career Demand for Registered Dietitians (RD) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN)
The BLS projects that between 2019 and 2029, job opportunities for dietitians and nutritionists will increase by 8%, faster than the average expected increase across all occupations. An additional 5900 jobs for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to be added nationwide during that time. Driving up the number of people that want to know how to become a nutritionist, it is projected that more dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for:
- Patients with medical conditions
- The elderly
- Increasing number of people who want to improve their overall health and wellness
Top-Paying Industries for Registered Dietitians and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
Salaries for dietitians and nutritionists can and do vary significantly based on industry. As of May 2021, the top-paying industries for dietitians and nutritionists, according to average salary, included:
- Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing: $93,920
- Wholesales of nondurable goods: $85,880
- Home healthcare: $79,110
- Federal agencies (e.g., CDC, FDA, NIH, CMS,): $78,830
- Scientific research and development services: $74,990
Top-Paying Locations for Registered Dietitians and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
Demand and cost of living are two of the major players in terms of earning potential for dietitians and nutritionists across the country.
States Paying Higher Wages to Dietitians and Nutritionists
As expected, the state in which dietitians and nutritionists work often plays a big part in their earning potential. In general, the top-paying states for dietitians and nutritionists (according to average salary) align with higher costs of living:
- California: $82,380
- Washington DC: $80,600
- Hawaii: $75,020
- New Jersey: $74,850
- Rhode Island: $74,080
Cities Paying Higher Wages to Dietitians and Nutritionists
Similarly, you’ll find that the highest-paying metro areas for dietitians and nutritionists are also those with some of the highest costs of living in the country:
- San Jose (also includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara), CA: $103,240
- San Francisco (also includes Oakland and Hayward), CA: $97,490
- Vallejo (also includes Fairfield), CA: $97,270
- Santa Rosa, CA: $87,950
- Santa Cruz (also includes Watsonville), CA: $86,110
- Napa, CA: $85,520
- Modesto, CA: $84,750
- Stockton-Lodi, CA: $84,260
- Salinas, CA: $83,700
- Sacramento (also includes Roseville, Arden-Arcade), CA: $83,120
Nonmetropolitan Areas Paying Higher Wages to Dietitians and Nutritionists
While most nonmetropolitan areas of the country report lower salaries for dietitians and nutritionists than their counterparts in metropolitan areas, average salaries in some nonmetro areas exceed those in metro areas, including:
- Western Wyoming nonmetro area: $84,370
- North Coast region of CA: $81,850
- North Valley – Northern Mountains region of CA: $77,330
- Hawaii/Kauai: $74,200
- Alaska non-metro area: $72,480
Salary Information for Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs) and Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTRs)
Dietetic Technicians, Registered or DTRs (also called Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered or NDTRs) work under the supervision of registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionists.
As of May 2021, the average salary for DTRs/NDTRs was $34,160. Early career DTRs/NDTRs earned about $28,400, while those with at least a handful of years of experience (mid-career professionals) earned about $29,520. Experienced DTRs/NDTRs earned about $47,120 during this time.*
Career Demand for Dietetic Technicians, Registered and Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered
The BLS projects a 7% increase in the number of jobs for DTRs/NDTRs between 2020 and 2030, rising from 26,800 employees to 28,800 employees during this time. According to the BLS, this occupation will experience about 2,200 annual job openings during this ten-year period due to a combination of new job growth, retirements, and natural job turnover.
Top-Paying Industries for Dietetic Technicians, Registered and Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered
Similar to dietitians and nutritionists, dietetic technicians may earn salaries that exceed the national average based on the industry in which they work. As of May 2021, the highest-paying industries for DTRs/NDTRs, according to average salary, included:
- Outpatient care centers: $43,580
- Physicians’ offices: $42,060
- Grantmaking and giving services: $41,280
- Offices of other healthcare practitioners: $40,040
- Colleges, universities, and professional schools: $39,990
Top-Paying Locations for Dietetic Technicians, Registered and Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered
Just as it does with registered dietitians and registered dietitian nutritionists, location impacts the salary of a dietetic technician, registered and nutrition and dietetics technician, registered.
States Paying Higher Wages to Dietetic Technicians, Registered and Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered
As expected, the top-paying states for DTRs/NDTRs are also those with higher costs of living. As of May 2021, the highest-paying states for these professionals, according to average salary, included:
- Oregon: $46,350
- Washington: $45,990
- New York: $43,870
- Maryland: $43,780
- California: $43,5750
Cities Paying Higher Wages to Dietetic Technicians, Registered and Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered
The highest-paying metro areas for dietetic technicians as of May 2021 included:
- San Jose (also includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara), CA: $55,550
- San Francisco (also includes Oakland and Hayward), CA: $52,700
- Seattle (also includes Tacoma and Bellevue), WA: $48,370
- Salinas, CA: $47,070
- Portland (also includes Vancouver and Hillsboro), OR: $46,970
- NYC (also includes Newark and Jersey City, NJ), NY: $45,900
- Sacramento (also includes Roseville and Arden-Arcade), CA: $44,750
- Oxnard (also includes Thousand Oaks), CA: $43,740
- Los Angeles (also includes Long Beach and Anaheim), CA $43,340
- Fresno, CA: $43,230
Non-Metropolitan Areas Paying Higher Wages to Dietetic Technicians, Registered and Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered
Non-metropolitan areas tend to pay lower than average wages, in general. However, these areas paid dietetic technicians higher than average wages as of May 2021:
- Capital/Northern New York nonmetro area: $41,810
- North Valley-Northern Mountains region of CA: $37,980
- North Coast region of CA: $36,030
- Southwest NY nonmetro area: $35,500
- South Central WI nonmetro area: $33,180
*2021 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures and job growth projections for dietitians and nutritionists and dietetic technicians reflect national data not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Salary statistics representing entry-level/early career = 25th percentile; mid-level= 50th percentile; senior-level/highly experienced = 90thpercentile. Data accessed April 2022.